GSU Students Benefit From CIS Certifications Preparation at OTC
About six months ago directors at Georgia Southern University began encouraging students to take advantage of CIS courses offered at Ogeechee Technical College (OTC). The idea at that time was to give both GSU and OTC students the opportunity to take CIS classes that will help students receive hands-on training, along with industry standard certification preparation. It often costs employers and employees from $1,000 to $5,000 to visit week-long BOOT-CAMP training seminars in order to receive quality preparation for such certifications, often with less than favorable results. Over the past three years, however, Ogeechee Technical College has maintained around a 90% pass rate for certifications like A+, Network+ and the MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional).
Over the past six months 31 students who have received the training at OTC have taken their industry standard certification exams with 90% of them passing. With only 20 certificates earned through training at OTC during 2005-2006, Ogeechee Tech has improved drastically on the number of earned certificates locally. Thanks to the number of GSU students seeking the certification, OTC has become one of the states leading organizations in certification attempts and pass rate percentage.
“The exciting part of this is that we are just getting started”, stated Terry Hand, CIS instructor at OTC. “We are offering a Microsoft Certification class this summer that both OTC and GSU students have signed up for, and I’m expecting all of those students to attempt the MCP certification. This is definitely a big year for us, and it is gratifying to see so many students succeed,” Hand said.
In 2007, OTC has rivaled all other technical colleges in the state in MCP certificates. Success in this area of certification can be contributed to Ogeechee Tech’s offering multiple free two-hour training boot-camp seminars during the quarter, and during breaks between quarters. “We have worked hard to develop certification preparation study guides, and these boot-camp seminars are a great chance to pass along this knowledge to students who are seeking certifications. Ultimately it’s the students who must put forth the effort and who must work hard to achieve success, and based on the results so far this year, we have some pretty passionate students,” stated Terry Hand.
Listed here are students who have earned their certifications between the months of January and June 2007:
Network+ Certification recipients are Rushella Brock, Anthony Stewart, David Pollock, Alex Kelly, Wesley Christain, Lee Roberts, and Derek Jones.
Anthony Stewart and Laurence Croy also received A+ Certification: Software.
“We are always proud of student achievement. This is just one example of students being given the opportunity to succeed at Ogeechee Tech,” stated OTC President, Dr. Dawn Cartee. “We appreciate the attitude of Georgia Southern in encouraging their students to seek this training for these vital CIS certifications at Ogeechee Tech,” she concluded. For information on CIS classes, or on any program of study at Ogeechee Technical College, call 912.681.5500 or visit www.ogeecheetech.edu.
Contact: Barry Turner