Graduation season can be a time of inspiration for those of us considering new plans for the future. Whether those plans involve a career change or simply learning a new technical skill, Colorado Mountain College offers a wide range of training and continuing education in the information technology (IT) field. You might think that after the dot-com bust, jobs in IT all went up in smoke or moved over to India. That was true to some extent back then. However, look around you. Have computers gone away? Did the Internet and networks die? No, these technologies continue to grow and become a bigger part of our lives. People in India can’t replace a broken server, troubleshoot a broken network or set up a firewall to prevent hackers. IT jobs are growing at a good rate, while numbers of graduates in this field are down. Salaries are on the rise. These factors make IT a great career choice right now.There is a strong demand for IT professionals right here in the Roaring Fork Valley. A quick look at today’s classifieds, or Internet sites like monster.com, will give an indication of the types of IT skills employers are looking for. CMC provides the training to acquire these skills. We are able to place a good number of students into internships or entry-level jobs while they are still taking classes.At the CMC Glenwood Center, we are offering IT courses in Cisco Certified network associate, A+ computer/network repair, server administration, Microsoft-Certified system engineer, voice over IP, and home technology integration. In addition, we offer some distance classes in Web application development, as well as in information security. We are also offering a new course called Introduction to digital game design and development, which provides information about this growing and lucrative field.These classes will give the student a solid grounding and excellent experience that can be used to get into the IT field. Our state-of-the-art labs, highly trained instructors, cordial staff and affordable tuition make CMC a great experience. In addition to IT classes, CMC sites in both Glenwood and Carbondale offer computer classes for the general public such as Excel spreadsheets, Quickbooks pro, Web design, AutoCad, Photoshop, iTunes, Keyboarding, Adobe InDesign, How to use a Computer and many more.Contact the Glenwood Center at 945-7486, Spring Valley at 945-7481 or Carbondale Center at 963-2172 for course information, registration and career counseling. As the division director for IT and computer classes, I may be partial to these courses, but I know if you look in the CMC bulletin that’s recently arrived in your mailbox, or explore our Web site, you’re sure to find many classes that will add depth to your summer. And registration for all Roaring Fork Campus summer courses is now under way. In addition to many brand new course offerings in the IT discipline, the campus is also introducing classes such as Colorado Water Issues, Russian for Travelers, Self-Publishing Children’s Books and Helping Children Cope with Stress. If you are a college student coming home for the summer, don’t forget that CMC offers many transferable courses during the summer semester at affordable tuition rates. You can browse the complete listing of Roaring Fork Campus summer courses at http://www.coloradomtn.edu/campus_rfc/ sched_rfc/home.shtml.Joel Cotton is the division director for IT and computer classes at the Roaring Fork Campus of Colorado Mountain College. You can reach him at 947-8478 or email@example.com.
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