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IT students with CompTIA award

Warren County Career Center works with business and industry to keep ahead of emerging trends and local employer needs in the job market. New programs added in 2018-19 for adult students include Cyber Security, Drone Technology and Dental Assisting. 

“We are constantly looking at industry trends, and emerging professions and career fields to prepare our students for the future,” Director of Adult Education Tom Harris said. “WCCC responds to area employer needs for skilled workers.” 

One area of Information Technology that is growing rapidly is cyber security. WCCC is responding by offering training to prepare students for CompTIA CySA+ certification in a new, 640-clock-hour program that takes approximately 10 months to complete. Courses begin in 2019.

“Properly trained IT security staff who can analyze, monitor and protect cybersecurity resources are in high demand,” Coordinator Don Corbet said. “The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that information security analysts will be the fastest growing overall job category, with 37% overall growth through 2022. CompTIA CySA+ is approved by U.S. Department of Defense and is compliant with government regulations under the Federal Information Security Management Act. Our students will be in demand in the workforce with highly valued government and private sector careers.”

Drone technology is another industry that is expanding. WCCC currently offers three short-term courses to prepare students to take the Federal Aviation Administration Part 107 Remote Pilot Knowledge Examination, strengthen flight and navigational skills and troubleshoot and repair drones. The courses are taught at the Warren County Airport by an alumnus of the WCCC Aerospace Academy. More courses will be offered as demand grows.

Dental Assisting began as a two-year program for high school students, and WCCC added an adult program this year, using a state-of-the-art dental lab at the Greentree Health Science Academy on the Atrium Medical Center campus in Middletown. This program is taught by an expert in the field, and prepares students for certification in Ohio Certified Dental Assistant, Licensed Ohio Dental Radiographer, Dental Assisting National Board Exam, and Health Care Provider CPR/First Aid. The 640-clock-hour program takes about nine months to complete.

The WCCC Adult Pharmacy Technician program recently expanded to 602 clock hours, making it a full-time program eligible for financial aid. Employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 12 percent, faster than the average for all occupations. Increased demand for prescription medications will lead to more demand for pharmaceutical services, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Enrollment for this program is going on now for a January start.

“Our statistics prove our students’ success,” Director Tom Harris said. “Ninety-nine percent of our full-time adult students passed a state-recognized technical skill assessment, more than 97 percent earned an industry-recognized certificate or license, and over 90 percent of our full-time completers were placed in employment, further education or the military.”

Photo caption:
CompTIA, the world’s leading tech association, just named WCCC a 2018 Outstanding Leader for IT certification training. Pictured is our Cisco Certified Network Administrator class, Coordinator Don Corbet and instructor with the CompTIA award.

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