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Open House planned for new IT Career Connections Center in Corinth

by Judi L. Archer | Sep 03, 2014 <p> </p>

North Central Texas College is one of four recipients of the Rural Information Technology Alliance (RITA) Grant, which was awarded by the US Department of Labor. NCTC's portion of the grant is more than $4.6 million.RITA Building web

The RITA Grant is adding new programs in Database Management, Network Infrastructure Technology and Cyber Security. The grant also funds updates to Game Design, Mobile App Creation, and CITE face-to-face programs for delivery in online and hybrid formats. A key component is the involvement of local industry in design and development of the curriculum. This helps ensure that offerings prepare students for the challenges that businesses and organizations face.

NCTC offers students relevant and practical experience and certification paths that can translate into greater opportunities for advancement. Throughout the summer, the college's IT labs have been upgraded with new hardware. NCTC networking students, under the supervision of Cisco instructor Doug Akins, helped plan and install the new equipment on the Corinth and Flower Mound campuses.

The new program also emphasizes student services and support - the kind that is customized to reflect the different needs of individual students including tutoring, certifications and job placement. The focus of these services are to ensure the success of students, which, in turn, helps promote the success of regional businesses and the regional economy. These student support services are being provided through the IT Career Connection Center, a cutting-edge technology-driven career center, located in Pinnell Square, across the street from NCTC's Corinth campus.

No one is more excited about the new grant than Susan Svane, the grant's manager.

"With the dedication and support of the entire existing CITE Department and strong leadership within the college, we have put together a great team: faculty, education and employment coaches, our instructional designer, testing coordinator and technical assistant with a shared vision of matching individual student's interests with their passion for learning to produce graduates with high tech skills that meet the IT needs of businesses in our area," she said. "I truly believe the skies the limit."

To help celebrate the Grand Opening of NCTC's IT Career Connection Center, the NCTC RITA Grant staff will be holding an Open House and ribbon cutting. The community is invited to attend, along with NCTC students and faculty, on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 1 to 6 p.m. The Chamber ribbon cutting will be held at 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Susan Svane by email at ssvane@nctc.edu.