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CACC Expands Computer Information System Program Beginning Fall Semester

ALEXANDER CITY, AL  Every year, more than 600 Computer Support Specialists, Computer User Support Specialists, Computer Network Specialists, and Network and Computer Systems Administrator jobs need to be filled in Central Alabama Community College’s service area.  In response to this workforce need and industry partner feedback, faculty in the Computer Information Systems (CIS) program at CACC have completed a revision to CIS the program. Fall registration for classes is currently open at https://www.cacc.edu/admissions/apply/.  Register NOW!

Students taking CIS courses this Fall will have the opportunity to earn college credit towards an Associate in Applied Science and earn the nationally recognized Google IT Support Professional certificate.  In addition, as students move through the program, they will also be prepared to take the CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Net+ certification exams. Students in Dual Enrollment programs at CACC will be able to take advantage of the dual technical scholarships available from the state to pay for these courses.

The Google IT Support Professional courses were originally developed as a part of Grow with Google, an initiative that helped ensure that the opportunities created by technology are available to everyone. With no prior IT experience is needed,  the six courses in the CIS program use a dynamic mix of video lectures, quizzes and hands-on labs and widgets to teach the skills needed to obtain an entry level position in IT support.  CACC is the lead college in a 10 college consortium  program in the Southeast through a collaboration with Google and Jobs for the Future, supported with funding from Google.org.

The CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Net + courses and certification exams are trusted by IT industry experts as students must demonstrate core skills and abilities in their highly technical role as support technicians.  Being capable of configuring device operating systems, as well as troubleshooting and problem solving by applying industry best standards is crucial in today’s complex world – from the small business setting to the large enterprise environment.

“This newly revised program is a great foundation for an entry level IT worker,” said Doug Flor, Dean of Workforce and Economic Development at Central Alabama Community College.

“Working with industry partners, we designed a hybrid program in which students attend courses just one day a week and then use the virtual materials and online learning management systems to learn when their schedules allow them to do so.”

“At CACC, we are laser-focused on delivering education and workforce training programs that meet the high demand for IT professionals here in the Central Alabama region,” Jeff Lynn, acting president at CACC stated. 

“Engaging and listening to employers within the communities we serve is critical to ensure our programs align with industry needs. It’s a win, win, win for our students, IT Industries and our Community College.”

For more information regarding CACC’s Computer Information Systems (CIS) program and registration for this Fall, students can go to pages 151-153 in the 2020-2021 college catalog https://www.cacc.edu/admissions/catalogs/2020-2021/2020-2021%20Catalog.pdf. Classes are being offered in all four locations:  Alexander City, Childersburg, Pratts Mill, and  Talladega. Fall semester will begin August 17th.

Central Alabama Community College is two-year community college in the Alabama Community College System. CACC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the Associate in Science degree, Associate in Applied Science degree, Associate in Occupational Technology degree, and certificates.

Please contact Dr. Doug Flor for additional information at dflor@cacc.edu or 404-931-1737.