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Open house a glimpse at CCC technology

The nation has a shortage of skilled technology workers with the shortage predicted to continue. That creates opportunities for students as they select a post-secondary institution.

Clinton Community College is home to five technology training programs including Computer Information Systems, Computer Technology, Electronics Technology, Industrial Technology, and Wind Energy and Turbine Technology. Our technology courses are designed with ample lecture and classroom discussion centered on the concepts of a particular topic along with plenty of hands-on time to bolster learning. Students often say hands-on time is most important when learning.

The Computer Information Systems/Computer Technology lab is equipped with modern computers, servers, routers and many other tools of the computer trade. It is home to three separate local area networks. Students apply what they learn in the classroom directly to the equipment making learning as realistic as possible.

Many electronics courses feature hands-on trainer time with up-to-date test equipment. Early in the program, students build and test simple circuits while advancing to more complex circuits in later courses. The result is a well-rounded student with a good level of practical knowledge.

Industrial technology students apply classroom knowledge to specialized trainers and mock systems. The program has a custom built instrumentation trainer and others such as a fluid power trainer built for educational purposes. The program also boasts multiple electrical trainers allowing students to build and test industrial circuits.

Wind Energy and Turbine Technology is our newest program featuring a blend of actual equipment and trainers that produce experiences relating directly to the real world. Driven by national interest in renewable energy, we are designing two photo-voltaic courses to be offered soon.

Our open house is Saturday, March 27, with registration starting at 9:30 a.m. Please come up, take a tour and see the technology programs first-hand.

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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