Preparing adult learners for the information technology job market and supporting their imminent entry into the high tech workforce.
The Computer and Information Technology Institute (CITI) prepares adult learners for entry into the workforce in the technology job market. When fully implemented, CITI will offer:
- Skills training in basic and advanced technologies and applications.
- Preparation for industry recognized certifications.
- Internships and employment opportunities in local technology companies.
- Career and professional counseling to support a job search
- Opportunities to build a network of contacts in area IT companies and related organizations.
The Computer and Information Technology Institute (CITIC) is the technology program of the division of Workforce Development and Continuing Education (WCDE) at Prince George's Community College (PGCC). The Institute promotes education and training in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The Institute creates industry-specific training programs that prepare employed, unemployed, under skilled, or job-changing workers for skilled positions and connects them with employers seeking to fill such vacancies.
To help support this goal, CITI has organized its noncredit courses and services into programs supported by "subject matter experts" from private sector business and industry, professional and trade associations, government agencies, and other non-government and associated disciplines to participate in the definition, development, implementation, and assessment of the institute's programs. As such, CITI can function as a bridge, not only for the flow of knowledge, but also between students and IT professionals in the metropolitan region. Specifically, CITI can connect students with operational businesses in the IT marketplace searching for potential employees. By the same token, students, employees and other related entities can have access, not only to IT principles and academic knowledge, but also can have direct access to real world technologies and their implementation in the operational workplace. The institute serves the best of both worlds: CITI offers a learning-centered environment where IT businesses can access learning, while IT learning can further develop its real world knowledge -- mutually benefiting both.
Industry Professional Focus
Industry professional programs are broken down into courses the address the development of specific skills. For example, the CompTIA "bundle" of courses (i.e., A+, Net+, Secure +) includes programs to train entry-level workers -- seeking to enter IT employment. In contract, the Information Assurance/Security Program includes the CISSP for Professionals or the Asssociate of (ISC)2 designation.
- Information Assurance/Security
- Desktop Vista
- Desktop Support
- Windows 7
- Windows Server 2008
- Digital Electronics
- Apple (AATC)
Business Professional Focus
Furthermore, business professional programs also contain multiple courses with a career developmennt foucs.
- Business Communications
- Career Planning
- Customer Service Fundamentasl
- Presentation Skills
- Project Managemment
- Microsoft Applications
- Problem Solving
- Critical Thinking