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ECC introduces Network Support Technology Certificate Program, with information session on July 23

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In support of their new Network Support Technology Certificate Program beginning this fall, Erie Community College will be holding an information session on program specifics at its South Campus (4041 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park), Building 5 (Room 5112) on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The session will include a short presentation, department tour and a question and answer period concerning the new program, which will be offered through ECC's Networking and Telecommunications Technology Department and in conjunction with the college's Cisco Networking Academy. According to James Stranz, program coordinator of the academy, the program's arriving at the right time for both the region and prospective students.

"A program like this has been necessary for a long time", said Stranz. "Today, there are networks in most every business and home. Employment in this field is no longer relegated to large telecom companies like Verizon and Time Warner. Instead, jobs are found in almost every public and private company."

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in this field is expected to grow by 28 percent between 2014 and 2020. Job opportunities exist for PC support technicians, equipment installers, technical support specialists, structured cable installers, network administrators, network engineers, and technical sales consultants.

ECC's new 24-credit program can be completed in as little as eight months, with students only having to attend class two evenings per week, with options also offered on Saturdays. Classes will be held at ECC's South Campus, North Campus, and Ingram Micro's campus in Williamsville. Students can also complete the required coursework during the day by taking courses through ECC's Networking and Telecommunications Technology Program, which offers an Associate in Applied Science degree.

Students in the Network Support Technology Certificate Program will be introduced to the field of networking and PC hardware and software support; participate in classroom laboratory exercises in all of the core courses; and be prepared to take the Cisco entry-level networking support certification exams, like CCENT and CCNA, as well as the CompTIA A+ computer support certification exams. According to Stranz, "a one-year certificate that's enhanced with industry-standard certifications makes an individual very employable in a short period of time."

The program's webpage can be found at www.ecc.edu/academics/programs/networksupport. For more information, please attend the July 23 information session, or contact James Stranz at (716) 851-1737 or stranz@ecc.edu.

Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state's SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC's faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership.


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