Train to Technology Focuses on Workforce Development

Posted: June 19, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

Train to Technology (TTT), an information technology training program designed to address the demands for qualified professionals in the high-tech industry in Northern Virginia, is expanding to meet the needs of the region. Offered through the School of Information Technology and Engineering (IT&E), the program is open to students interested in IT careers and current IT professionals who wish to enhance their technical skills.

The five-month, evening and weekend certificate programs in C++, Java, Web Development, Oracle Developer 2000, Windows 2000, and Oracle Database Administrator prepare students for careers in technology through hands-on, application-oriented training in a laboratory environment. Career services, such as consultation, resume critiquing, workshops, and networking events, are available for students, as well as financial assistance for qualifying students.

TTT classes are held at the Prince William and Arlington Campuses, and new laboratory and classroom space has been added at both locations. “These new labs are a key part of our plan to expand TTT offerings and to better enable us to increase the supply of trained IT workers to offset the well-known IT worker shortage in the Northern Virginia area,” says Eugene Norris, director of IT&E professional education programs. “More than 180 graduates of our programs have moved into IT careers at an average salary of $45,000, with the range being $30,000 to $70,000,” Norris adds.

For more information on the program, call x38461.

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