By Melissa Trevizo
The San Jacinto College Continuing and Professional Development (CPD) information technology (IT) courses are designed for everyone, no matter your skill level, according to Jerelyn Hughes-Glenn, director of the program.
Beginners may take IT application courses in digital literacy that lead to a nationally recognized certification from the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) or Google IT. This program is taught in three modules: computing fundamentals, key applications, and living online. Each module delves into facets of the technology used in today’s business world.
“These courses are geared toward individuals that have little to no computer knowledge,” said Rosalyn Blakely, adjunct instructor for CPD computer and IT training. “We are here for those who are unemployed, underemployed, or re-entering the workforce after a long hiatus. We start with the basic skills and work our way up.”
Intermediate offerings that lead to certifications are available for Microsoft Word and Excel individually, Microsoft Applications (a combination of Word and Excel), and QuickBooks Complete with Excel. Some are even offered as one-day, seven-hour courses.
“We see a lot of companies and organizations send their employees to us for training in the one-day classes,” said Hughes-Glenn. “Industries all over our service area utilize our courses to help improve their employees’ computer literacy.”
The classes are paced to help students master each application in one day through instructor-led projects.
Advanced certification offerings include Azure, Power BI, PowerShell, SQL Server, and Office 365 Administrator. All levels of IT technical certification courses are offered in the areas of programming, networking, security, cybersecurity, cloud computing, database, and data analytics from various vendors.
This spring, courses are available in five modalities: online anytime, online on a schedule, hands-on hybrid, face-to-face, and flex campus. To learn more about these modalities, visit www.sanjac.edu/my-way.
To find a list of CPD IT courses, visit www.sanjac.edu/cpd.