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New Program Will Help Adults Gain Technology Skills

April 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.

U.Va.'s 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.

Courses 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.

"The 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 technology employees."

The 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.

"Despite 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."

The 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 partnerships.

RRTC, 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.

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.

Contact: Ida Lee Wooten, (804) 924-6857.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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