• UWA offering PC tech certification in 8-week summer course

    Posted: May 25, 2016

    Author: Public Relations

    The University of West Alabama has announced the launch of a CompTIA A+ that will give participants the skills needed to acquire jobs as PC technicians and other entry level IT professional jobs. The eight-week course begins in June and will be offered at no cost this summer on the UWA campus in Livingston.

    The course leads to certification from the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) upon passing the exam at the course’s end. Certification from the course includes competency of entry-level computer service professionals in installing, maintaining, customizing, and operating personal computers.

    Specifically, students will learn to identify PC system components, plan and implement Windows OS installation, gain understanding of local and wireless networks, and identify computer security threats.

    The course will also prepare students to identify and demonstrate knowledge of peripheral devices, storage, networking, printing, mobile devices, Windows management, file management, security, and troubleshooting techniques. Having gained these skills, students will be prepared for the PC Pro certification exam and the CompTIA exam.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for computer support specialists is expected to grow 12 percent during the time frame of 2014-24, faster than the national average for all occupations. As organizations upgrade their computer equipment and software, more support services will be needed, thus increasing the job outlook.

    The CompTIA A+ course offered by UWA is open to those 18 years or older with a high school diploma or GED. Registration will be held on June 2 at 5:30 p.m. at UWA’s Guy Hunt Hall. Registrants will take an assessment test at registration. The course begins on June 6 and continues each Monday night from 6 until 10 p.m.

    This project is funded with Federal Funds made available by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration.

    To learn more about the certification course, contact Employment Specialist James Gray at 205-652-5411 or jgray@uwa.edu.
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