Those with work experience in IT can now get validation for what they already know through the new Validate IT program at Lorain County Community College.
These IT certificate programs are self-paced and are designed to assist those currently working in IT, or those with IT work experience, to get certified quickly in their field. The programs and courses are project-based and are directly applicable in the workplace. The curricula connect directly to labor market needs and are validated by employers nationwide.
“This opportunity is perfect for someone looking to get into an information technology career quickly or someone who needs to upgrade their skills while still holding down a job,” said Hikmat Chedid, professor in LCCC’s Engineering, Business and Information Technologies division. “In either case the degree can be earned at the student’s own pace.”
Students who successfully complete the Validate IT programs of study through this online education option receive full college credit from LCCC. The certificates and degrees available through the Validate IT program at LCCC are:
- Computer and digital forensics
- Computer applications integration specialist
- Computer maintenance and networking
Eleven digital forensics, networking, computer maintenance and A+ certification courses are available for students in the Validate IT program. Each course includes multiple learning modules that cover specific competencies. Competencies are learning outcomes that must be mastered to progress in each course.
“It’s important to note that competencies encompass not just mastery of content knowledge but also the ability to synthesize that knowledge and apply it in multiple real-world contexts,” Chedid said.
Validate IT programs allow students to take assessment tests to earn credit for entire courses, or assess at any point in a training module where they feel they are competent to pass the module assessment. If they pass, they can move on to the next module. They may even choose, upon reviewing the required competencies in each module, to take the assessment to “test out” of a module or an entire course.
“It’s entirely possible, based on the student’s experience and motivation, to earn a certificate in just one semester,” Chedid said.
Another great benefit is that students can start a module anytime from the beginning of the semester up to the 11th week of the semester. “This gives students the option to start courses outside the traditional semester enrollment periods, which allows greater scheduling flexibility for the student,” said Larry Atkinson, assistant professor in LCCC’s Engineering, Business and Information Technologies division.
Validate IT courses are especially beneficial for independent students who have been successful in previous online learning and who are looking to enhance their skills or advance on the job. “These IT certificates are particularly helpful for those who hold IT positions in any industry,” Atkinson said.
Hiring theses graduates or sending current employees through these programs has several benefits for employers as well, Chedid said.
“An employee’s current work experience may allow them to progress more quickly in the program, saving the company time while ‘upskilling’ the employee,” Chedid said. “And with documented competencies, a company will know when employees or potential new hires have the skills and knowledge to perform or advance in the workplace.”
For more information, visit www.lorainccc.edu/validate or call (440) 366-4005.