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Augusta Tech adds new courses, Saturday classes

Augusta Technical College will be opening its Thomson/McDuffie Campus doors wider in the Spring Quarter to offer new courses and Saturday classes.

Courses being taught on Saturday will be Certified Customer Service Specialist, Medical Coding, Entrepreneurship, Supervisory Management, Introduction to Microcomputers, remedial English, remedial Math and remedial Reading.

Continuing Education classes offered on Saturday will be Algebra Refresher, Cake Decorating, Floral Design, Blueprint Reading, OSHA Compliance and Basics of Industrial Safety.

"We already have a couple of classes going on Saturday. We have to have the building open anyway, so why not do more?," said Ted Duzenski, Vice President for Operations.

New weekday certification courses are being offered in microcomputer, computer networking and information technology.

The Cisco Certified Network Associate Specialist is a four-quarter course being offered in day and evening classes. This program prepares students to setup, configure and troubleshoot Cisco networks. The program is open to anyone with a high school or equivalent diploma. Also, an Augusta Tech representative will be available at Thomson High School during lunch hours in the cafeteria Tuesday, Feb. 7, to recruit students and answer questions.

Other computer/network courses being offered are CompTIA A+ and Network+ Certified Professional Preparation, an 18-credit hours program that teaches installation, troubleshooting, maintenance and management of Enterprise TCP/IP networks.

Microsoft Certified Professional Preparation is a 17-credit hours program, Microsoft Certified System Administrator Preparation is a 24-credit hours program, and Microsoft Certified System Administrator Engineer is an 18-credit hours program that teach specialized server skills, applications, design and implementation of computer networked services and hardware maintenance in Microsoft.

These courses are all hands-on and taught by Mr. David Upky. Certification from these courses makes the student eligible for technical support positions in the field of Information Technology.

For a real career change, those who have a dream of owning their own business will learn from the Entrepreneurship Studies course. This 15-credit hours evening course will teach those who have a desire to begin their own business with planning, marketing concepts, licensing, financing, accounting, record keeping systems and legal aspects.

The 2006 Spring Quarter is March 27 through June 13. Registration is Wednesday, Feb. 1 through Friday, March 24 at Augusta Tech Thomson/McDuffie Campus. For more information, call 595-0166.

Web posted on Thursday, February 2, 2006

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