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TBR launches online technical diploma program

July 30, 2002

The Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) has added a new online technical diploma program that will offer Tennesseans the option of earning certificates in computer operation and information processing, with a final course of study in computer systems. The program culminates in a Computer Operations Diploma.

Students can choose to obtain just an individual certificate, but the curriculum is designed as a three-tiered program, with certificates earned in sequence.

The program will be launched over four quarters, with the first component, Personal Computer Operator Certificate, available this fall. Classes will begin Oct. 1.

A limited number of students can be accepted, and they will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, according to TBR spokesperson Mary Morgan. Students may attend either full or part time; full-time students can receive their diplomas in one calendar year.

The Personal Computer Operator Certificate requires 324 clock-hours of study and will cost $327.00. The Information Processing Technician Certificate requires 972 clock-hours of study, with the curriculum is split in half. The first half will be offered beginning Jan. 6, 2003, and the second half begins April 1, 2003. The third component of the curriculum, computer operations, requiring 324 clock-hours of study, will be offered beginning July 1, 2003. After successful completion of all three components, students will receive a Computer Operations Diploma.

Registration for the Computer Operator Certificate program begins Monday, July 29, and can be completed entirely online. For more information, call 1-888-223-0023 or go to the Regents Online Degree Web site,, and click on TN Technology Centers.