CCC open house to give glimpse at tech courses

Across the region this fall, high school students are visiting college campuses as they work toward the transition from high school student to college student. Making the trek to the preferred campus in order to see everything first hand helps the decision making process.

Picking a college is an easy choice for some as they plan to attend the school a parent attended or the school with the desired degree program. For others, it's a harder choice and they spend time weighing many factors. One factor is the end result that answers the basic question of "what can I do with this degree?"

The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes the well-known Occupational Outlook Handbook. A section of the handbook called "Tomorrow's Jobs," examines projected employment change. From the occupational perspective, the handbook states "Almost three-quarters of the job growth will come from three groups of professional occupations - computer and mathematical occupations, healthcare practitioners and technical occupations..." For more information, visit www.bls.gov/oco/oco2003.htm.

To that end, I want to invite all students interested in a technology-related career, and those who are unsure about their post-high school step, to attend the second annual fall Clinton Community College Technology Open House.

Attending the open house allows the chance to tour technology classrooms and gain information on the college's degree and certificate programs, including the new Environmental Technology and Wind Energy and Turbine Technology degree programs.

Students and parents may speak directly to the professors about the degree program courses and transfer opportunities. Support staff will be on-hand to provide general campus information, answer admission questions and we will have refreshments and door prizes.

Explore the opportunities in technology this Thursday, Nov. 12, from 4-6 p.m. at Clinton Community College's Technology Open House. Find us in the Stafford Science and Technology building.

Ron Poland is a professor in the Computer Information Systems AAS program at Clinton Community College. Poland is certified in company repair and networking by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). He is also a Cisco certified network assistant. Questions may be sent to him via e-mail at ron@ronpoland.com.

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