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Columbus State Community College, OH

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Program Title:  CSCC’s Excelerator Training Program
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Disciplines:   A+ Certification classes, and basic entry level computer classes

Program Summary: Columbus State Community College’s Excelerator Training Program is a continuation of CSCC’s SBC Ameritech Workforce Plus Program, a comprehensive welfare-to-work job training program that has enrolled more than 300 people.  Through a range of training options including short-term, fast track certificate and associate degrees, CSCC will build on existing training programs to increase long-term career options in IT jobs for disenfranchised people.

Through the Excelerator Training Program CSCC helps students on an IT career path and employees looking to enhance their computer skills get the job they want by training them to have customer service savvy, confidence, good decision making abilities and quality skills.  The training opportunities available on CSCC’s main campus include customer service, life skills, career development, resume assistance, portfolio gathering assistance, employability skills and job placement assistance.

Contact Person:  Willa Clark, 614-287-5336,

Henry Ford Community College, MI

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Program title:   IT Workforce Development System Initiative  
Business/K-12 partners:  SBC Ameritech, Enertron LLC, Cabling Concepts Inc., Diversified Wire and Cable
Disciplines:  Entry level career ladder training in Voice and Data Cabling and IT network administration. Both utilize CISCO curricula supplemented by College instruction in: computer literacy skills, customer satisfaction, communication skills, team building, architectural blueprint reading, applied math, job estimating skills, technical reading refresher, study skills refresher.

Program Summary:  The strategy of the local program is to build a workforce and career development infrastructure for disenfranchised workers.  This system will provide the skills training and wrap-around services needed for successful career development and coordinated access to public agencies that can provide the support services necessary to remove those barriers.  The HFCC program focuses on two skills building components: 

There will be two (2) courses offered:

1. Fundamentals of Voice and Data Cabling (FVDC)
2. CISCO Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

The entry level course is Fundamentals of Voice and Data Cabling (FVDC).  This is an entry level course that will provide participants with the skills necessary for occupational categories such as cable installation helper and cable installation technician. These skills are considered as transferable and can help provide access to occupational "stepping stones" of an IT career.

The CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) course is a 16 credit hour course. This is a higher level IT course and will prepare students for occupations such as: Network Support Specialists, LAN/WAN Technicians, Hardware/Telecom Field Support Technicians, Network Control Technicians and Network Systems Technicians. Three of the four courses will be offered in an Open Entry-Open Exit model whereby students can work at their own pace, work as members of small groups, and retain the flexibility to manage personal, educational, and work related responsibilities.

Contact person:  Jo-Ann Terry,  313-845-9607

Los Rios Community College District, CA

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Program Title:   Telecommunications Field Technician Program
Business/K-12 Partners: Sacramento City Unified School District, SBC Pacific Bell, Capitol Telecom, AT and T, SureWest Communications

Disciplines:  The Los Rios Field Technician Program has been designed to strengthen Los Rios offerings in our growing Telecommunications Curriculum, from the Departments of Electronics at both American River and Sacramento City Colleges. The curriculum includes AC and DC Electronics Theory, applied Mathematics, Fabrication Techniques for Electronics, Telecommunications Cabling, Work Experience, and Customer Service.

Program Summary:  Los Rios Community College District’s AACC/SBC Excelerator program is being offered at two of the Los Rios Colleges, Sacramento City College in evening sessions, and American River College in day sessions. Students have been recruited to the very low-cost program from a wide variety of community based organizations. These include One Stop Career Centers, Community Centers, and Faith-based organizations. We have also recruited from ROP programs within the Sacramento City Unified School District.

A career path progression has been built into the curriculum. At American River College, an entry-level program will provide students with a doorway into the Certification program in Fiber Optics. At Sacramento City College, a Certificate Program in Home Security Systems is an available next step. Both of these Certificate programs may be applied toward the A.S. Degree in Electronics for students who are interested in supervisory or more technically specific work.

Contact Person: Sandy Kirschenmann, Director, Workforce & Economic Development, (916) 563-3205

Northwestern Connecticut Community College, CT

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Program Title: Technology Express
Program Website: This is our Skills Center Website, the Technology Express Website is currently under development and will be a link off of the Skills Center Page.
Business Partners: Susan B. Anthony, Prime Time, Department of Labor, Chamber of Commerce

Disciplines:  Computer Skills; Job Search Skills; Interviewing Skills; MOUS Certification
Program Summary: Technology Express is a program designed with two modules.  The first module provides basic computer literacy and employment skills to assist students in entering the workforce.  The second module provides preparation for MOUS certification for those who have excelled in the first module.

Module 1 is designed to train individuals for jobs in the modern employment market.  At the conclusion of the 10-week program, participants should be able to operate in an office setting, being familiar with the Microsoft Office 2000 Professional program, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Publisher.  Clients will be well prepared to further pursue further training on a college credit level, if desired, being able to apply for college credit for the work covered in Technology Express.  Clients will also be eligible for internships at partner businesses and non-profit organizations.

Module 2 is for qualified Technology Express 1 students.  Core Certification will be offered in Word.  The classes will be offered in the evening in 3-week sessions, 6 hours a week.  At the completion of the certification classes, arrangements will be made to test students at a local certification center.

Contact Person: Denise Linden, (860)738-6351,

Oklahoma City Community College, OK

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Program Title:   From Information Technology Training To work
Business/K-12 Partners: Oklahoma City Public Schools, Neighborhood Alliance, Oklahoma City Public Libraries, OASIS (Older Adults Service and Information Center), Workforce Development Collaboration, Los Amigos Foundation, Capitol Hill Main Street Program, LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens), South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Greater Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Even Start, ORO Development Corporation

Disciplines:    Computer Literacy and Job Readiness Skills

Program Summary: On October 12, 2000, Oklahoma City Community College opened the Capitol Hill Community Technology Center to provide access to education through computers and technology for all low-income individuals within Capitol Hill, a predominantly Hispanic community in south Oklahoma City.   It is located within a federal government designated Empowerment Zone.  This is an area in which there is no easy access to computers or technology instruction.  The Capitol Hill Community Technology Center was established to target this population of individuals--minority and mostly Hispanic, limited English proficient, with limited advanced educational training, the unemployed and underemployed, and those with little or no access to technology residing in the district.  Since opening its doors, the Capitol Hill Community Technology Center has had over 6,000 enrollments in its courses. 
With the assistance of the AACC/SBC grant, the CHCTC will expand its services.  In addition to preparing individuals, in English or Spanish, to successfully compete for jobs requiring Internet and basic desktop applications proficiency, it will establish an ESL program for adults who are not proficient in English. 

Contact person:  Ann Ackerman,

South Texas Community College, TX

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Program Title:  IT Excelerator Project
Disciplines:  Institutional Awards, development of IT career pathways requested by employers, promotion of IT programs and computer literacy on our community to recruit and retain students, kids-on-line project, organization of job fairs and conferences.

Program Activities:

  • One of the main objectives of the STCC Excelerator Project is the development and expansion of IT programs that excelerates the individuals through associate’s degrees and certificate programs with significant Information Technology components.  
  • As a result of the Excelerator Project, STCC developed two new IT associates degrees, which are Network Security and Internet Development Specialist.  These two new IT careers will assist students to enhance their computer skills.  The projected enrollment of students for these new degrees is approximately 100 students for the next three years. 
  • The Excelerator Project is also facilitating the implementation of the “Institutional Awards.”  Institutional Awards is a shot program designed for those individuals who want to take a series of Information Technology courses to enhance their career.  The program promotes the use of technology and helps the students to enhance their computer skills. 
  • Creation of a marketing campaign to promote IT programs to our community.  The promotion includes TV commercials, mass mail out flyers and pamphlets, newspaper, college newsletter, etc.  
  • The college produced a mass mail out through the Valley; consequently, on the first week our college received more than 60 responses of people requesting additional information on the IT programs. 
  • The “Get IT….Information Technology”, logo appeared also on different commercials that were produced to market the computer technology on our area.  IT commercials were running on different cable networks for approximately four weeks, and we were also able to promote IT and the Institutional Awards programs.

Contact Person:  Mario Reyna,

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