Computer and Information Technologies (CIT) students and professionals in the Ashland area can now take many more industry certification tests close to home.
This September, Ashland Community and Technical College became a CompTIA Authorized Partner. CompTIA is a non-profit trade association that provides technology-neutral and vendor-neutral certifications in the skills and knowledge needed for specific CIT careers, such as network infrastructure, project, or network security management
As an academic partner, ACTC qualifies for a number of CompTIA incentives, tools, resources and benefits, such as discounted student vouchers for exams.
The certification tests are offered through ACTC’s Workforce Solutions Assessment Center which is also an official Pearson-Vue IT Testing Center for Cisco Systems and other program certifications.
“Industry certifications are important for students to get because they are important to employers,” Childress said. “In an economy characterized by high unemployment, employers are more selective and they are requiring skills and certifications they might not have sought during times of prosperity.”
According to job postings in 2011, employers seek CIT workers who possess a number of specialized skills and credentials, led by Microsoft, Cisco, Help Desk, Project Management, Security and Network+ certifications. In a competitive employment environment, getting some of these certifications may give ACTC graduates an edge in getting a job offer.
“Local testing makes it convenient for our students to gain certifications that they can put on their resumes when job hunting,” Childress said. “Local testing can also benefit CIT professionals who can gain additional certifications for skills learned on the job. “
Testing is at the College Drive Campus. To schedule an exam, contact the Workforce Assessment Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 606-326-2252. A complete listing of certification testing is at: ashland.kctcs.edu/Workforce_Solutions.