Anyone looking to expand their computer knowledge for personal or professional reasons can earn two certifications through Lone Star College-Kingwood’s Continuing Education program.
Computer Support Technician certifications are available for CompTIA A+ and Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP). The next class for CompTIA A+ is Nov. 1- Feb. 16. The class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-10 p.m. Classes on both programs will be available in spring 2012.
“Certifications are the focus of the future job market in IT. Technological information doubles every two years,” said Ken Hodgkinson, adjunct professor. “Degrees, while nice, can’t keep up with the change in the knowledge base.”
The CompTia A+ certification validates foundation-level knowledge and skills necessary for a career in PC support. It is the starting point for a career. The international, vendor-neutral certification proves competence in areas such as installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting. To earn, students must complete the class and pass two exams.
With a MCITP certification, individuals can prove that they have the comprehensive set of skills necessary to perform a particular job role such as database administrator or enterprise messaging administrator. This certification builds on the technical proficiency measured in the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications. Therefore, prior individuals earning their MCITP certification, they will earn one or more MCTS certifications.
“Prior to taking classes to become certified, students should have a good working knowledge of operating a computer,” Hodgkinson said. “In addition to flourishing IT careers, these certifications will strengthen anyone’s resume. Businesses need people who are technically savvy.”
The cost for each program is $475 plus tax and $150 per certification test. According to Hodgkinson, it takes only one semester class to prepare students to take the test and become certified.
For more information or to register, contact Pat Chandler at 281-312-1749 or 281-312-1660.
Register now for credit classes online through myLoneStar. Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. For more information on how to register online, visit www.lonestar.edu/registration.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm
With more than 69,000 students in credit classes for spring 2011, and a total enrollment of more than 85,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit www.LoneStar.edu.