May 25, 2016, Blue Bell, Pa.—Montgomery County Community College’s Center for Workforce Development (CWD) is offering several fast-track certificate programs this summer to help individuals train for careers as help desk technicians, office assistants and pharmacy technicians. To learn more, visit mc3.edu.
Help Desk Technician/A+ Program
MCCC’s A+ Program is designed to prepare individuals with the hardware and software skills necessary to them to seek entry-level employment as help desk technicians. The program runs from June 6 to Aug. 31, and classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-9:30 p.m. at MCCC’s Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.
The A+ program is ideal for individuals who wish to prepare for careers in information and communications technologies. Students will learn how computers work, how to assemble computers, and how to troubleshoot hardware and software issues. The program includes job search assistance, and students will receive a certificate upon successful completion.
The Help Desk Technician/A+ Program is offered through the national Job Ready, Willing and Able (JRWA) Initiative, which is funded by a three-year grant from the Walmart Foundation and is led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).
Office Assistant Certificate Program
Students in MCCC’s 16-week, competency-based Office Assistant Certificate program learn critical computer literacy and other skills expected by employers in business environments. Course modules include Business Software Essentials, Microsoft Word Applications and Modern Office Management. The program also provides built-in job placement assistance and a coach to guide students through the training and certificate completion.
This summer, MCCC’s Office Assistant Certificate Program runs from June 13 to Oct. 3. Classes are primarily taught online, with mandatory, on-campus workshops on Monday, June 13, 6-9 p.m.; Tuesday, July 26, 1-4 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug. 30, 1-4 p.m.; and Monday, Oct. 3, 6-9 p.m. Optional open computer labs are available on Mondays from 6-9 p.m. and Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m. All workshops and open computer labs are held at MCCC’s Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.
After completing the certificate program, students may pursue the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam for Microsoft Word 2013. This sought-after credential provides students with marketable skills that will further increase their chances for employment. In addition, students who complete the certificate can apply the courses to MCCC’s Office Management credit certificate program.
The Office Assistant Certificate Program is offered through the national Job Ready, Willing and Able (JRWA) Initiative, which is funded by a three-year grant from the Walmart Foundation and is led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).
Pharmacy Technician Program
MCCC’s Pharmacy Technician program prepares students to work in the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s national exam, among other national and state certifications. The courses cover key topics such as pharmacy calculations; medical terminology; skills to read and interpret prescriptions; review of the top 200 drugs; skills to identify drugs by generic and brand names; dosage calculations, IV flow rates, drug compounding and dose conversions; the dispensing of prescriptions; inventory control; and billing and reimbursement.
- Alana J. Mauger