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July 8, 2011
Piedmont Technical College is expanding its computer technology offerings in Laurens County with the addition of the PC Technician certificate program. The new class is designed to introduce students to computer technology program.
“This is a certificate we have offered on the Greenwood campus for several years and now we are expanding our offerings to the Laurens center this fall,” said Lesley Price, computer technology department head.
This program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and ability to install, maintain and troubleshoot computers, networks and network equipment. The program takes a hands-on approach using real-world examples. The PC Technician certificate will prepare the student for an entry-level job in computer maintenance and network support. Students will also learn the objectives for several national certifications including A+, Network+ and Microsoft.
“This is a very popular certificate because it flows into the two-year degree for computer technology, networking concentration,” said Price.
The classes will be offered in a hybrid format where students can take all five of the necessary classes, but in a way that will provide flexibility to students who are currently in the work force. Classes will be consolidated as well as offered in a combination of classroom instruction and online courses.
“In an effort to meet the goals of the college and serve the students in the local communities, we are planning to implement this new program at the campus,” said Jennifer Wilbanks, dean of county centers. “The expansion of the certificate program will enable students to save money and time by offering all of the classes at the Laurens center. Our PC Technician students may graduate within a year and benefit from high placement rates and good salaries.”
For more information, contact Price at (864) 941-8746. To register, contact the LCHEC at (864) 938-1505.