2017-09-12 / Life

LCHEC starts its IT technician program

BY DEREK MOY
DISPATCH RECORD


An Information Technologies Technician course that prepares students for at least five national computer-related certifications is being launched this month at Lampasas County Higher Education Center. 
DEREK MOY | DISPATCH RECORD An Information Technologies Technician course that prepares students for at least five national computer-related certifications is being launched this month at Lampasas County Higher Education Center. DEREK MOY | DISPATCH RECORD Lampasas County Higher Education Center’s Director Derrick Berrios sought out a program to expand the non-profit center’s core curriculum.

He found the course with the most opportunity to bring in students, get them certified and offer job potential in Central Texas was an Internet Technologies Technician course.

“We’re trying to diversify,” Berrios said. “And the Information Technologies Technician is our first shot at trying to diversify our offerings here at LCHEC.”

LCHEC’s allied health courses are widely known, and the student base for the center is nearly 100 percent female, Berrios said. He sought to add non-allied health programs to help expand the school’s outreach.

“Our student base is predominately female, approximately 98 percent female – and not that there’s anything wrong with that,” Berrios said, “but obviously we’re trying to reach as many people in Lampasas and serve as many people as we can in the county and city. In order to do that, you have to offer courses that are attractive to both genders.”

Berrios said while many students from the area take the allied health courses, he doesn’t want to saturate the local market with, for example, dental assistants or medical assistants.

“LCHEC has to constantly diversify, otherwise we’re going to become stagnant and there will not be a student base for us anymore,” he said. “We can only employ so many nurse aides, train so many dental assistants. We’re going to look at the fastest-growing occupations in our region.”

Though the ITT course may sound complicated, Berrios insists the only skills potential students need are a basic understanding of tools like screwdrivers.

“Actually, our instructor has experience in training people that have no experience in this field,” Berrios said. “He trained for the U.S. Army – basically training new recruits that were interested in these fields. So, these were people that had no prior knowledge of these courses or this curriculum.”

To register for the class, a high school diploma is needed. Tuition is $2,850, and the ITT course will run a total of 300 hours – from Sept. 18 through Feb. 12.

Once the course is finished, Berrios said students should have all the required skills to certify through the following examinations: CompTia A+ 220-901 and 220-902, CompTia Network+ N10-006, CompTia Security+ SYO-401, INCD 1 100-105 (Cisco Certified Entry Level Tech CCENT), and INCD 2 200-105 (Cisco Network Associate CCNA).

Potential students can call 512-556-8226 to schedule a registration consultation.

Visit LCHEC’s Facebook page or www.LCHEC.net for additional information on available courses.

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