Program Will Help Adults Gain Technology Skills
15, 1999 -- To help meet the huge demand for technology-savvy
workers, the University of Virginia Continuing Education will start
a certificate program in information systems management this fall.
Continuing Education will offer an eight-course program through
a new partnership with Republic Research Training Centers, Inc.
(RRTC), a Microsoft-certified technical education center based in
Charlottesville. The program will prepare individuals for examinations
leading to certification as Microsoft-certified systems engineers.
will be offered on weekends and evenings to meet the schedules of
working adults. Classes will be held at RRTC's computer training
facilities and the Continuing Education regional centers in Richmond
and Hampton Roads. Financial aid for qualifying adults will be available
through Microsoft's Skills 2000 IT Career Loan Program.
partnership between RRTC and U.Va. represents a commitment to the
highest level of technology training," said Dennis R. Parks, associate
dean in U.Va.'s Continuing Education. "The partnership is a natural
outgrowth of our on-going efforts to meet the demand for qualified
new agreement allows RRTC to expand its educational services for
the first time to the general public. Until this venture, it has
only offered programming to corporations.
mounting requests from individuals, RRTC has limited its training
and educational programs to corporate-sponsored clients," said Gregg
Kendrick, RRTC president. "Working with U.Va. will allow RRTC to
expand its services to the general public."
agreement represents a trend in public-private partnerships, Parks
and Kendrick said. In the last year several institutions, including
The Johns Hopkins University, Florida State University and the California
State University system, have entered into public-private and international
founded in 1985, has educational facilities in Arlington, Charlottesville,
Norfolk and Richmond. MORE 2 U.Va.'s Continuing Education annually
serves more than 30,000 enrollees in degree, certificate, professional-development
and personal-enrichment programs. More information on the new program
can be obtained on Continuing Education's Web site, http://uvace.virginia.edu,
or RRTC's site, http://www.rrtc.com.
Continuing Education annually serves more than 30,000 enrollees
in degree, certificate, professional-development and personal-enrichment
information on the new program can be obtained on Continuing Education's
Web site, http://uvace.virginia.edu, or RRTC's site, http://www.rrtc.com.
Ida Lee Wooten, (804) 924-6857.