School Offers Wide Range Of Internet Options
4, 2000 -- Life
on the information superhighway is hard for many to resist. For
those who want to gain the skills to hop in the drivers seat,
the University of Virginia is offering everything from one-day "boot
camps" to online courses completed at home to graduate courses
are approximately 12,000 to 18,000 unfilled information technology
jobs in Virginia, according to Dennis Parks, associate dean at U.Va.s
School of Continuing and Professional Studies, who notes that the
school is responding to such demand by offering a wide range of
learning options. "Were trying to continually develop
new projects to meet the diverse information technology needs."
School of Continuing and Professional Studies in Northern Virginia
offers on-site courses in Web design and e-commerce. Residents of
Charlottesville, Hampton Roads and Richmond can earn information
systems certification through U.Va. centers in those areas, and
people around the world can access U.Va.s online courses for
certification in a variety of career-enhancing programs.
at Internet Boot Camp
new Internet Boot Camps at the schools center in Northern
Virginia offers enrollees a crash course in understanding and contributing
to the Internet.
with titles such as "Create a Web Page in 7 Hours" take
students through the step-by-step process of creating Web pages
using basic HTML. New in December, each of the six boot camps offered
this spring have reached maximum enrollment of 20 students. Because
of such high demand, the Northern Virginia center plans future camps
on different topics, such as Internet research or genealogy.
from Home: Online Courses
Continuing and Professional Studies center in Northern Virginia
is now offering certificate classes online. Powered by eCollege.com,
a site for online courses from many different universities, U.Va.s
classes can be applied to three certificate programs: Procurement
and Contracts Management, Human Resources Management, and Technology
the power of the Internet, students from all over the world will
be able to take advantage of the Universitys tremendous learning
opportunities in the most convenient and flexible manner,"
said Sondra Stallard, dean of the School of Continuing and Professional
Information for Microsoft
ranging in age from their 20s to 60s have enrolled in the schools
new information systems course to gain Microsoft technology training
and management skills.
demand for information systems courses prompted Continuing and Professional
Studies centers in Charlottesville, Hampton Roads and Richmond to
create an intensive, seven-month course in Information Systems Management
for Microsoft Systems.
only 12 slots per session, there are waiting lists for the waiting
lists," said Rosey Parks, director of the Charlottesville center.
The second session began in March and consists of classes two nights
a week and one Saturday per month. In order to receive a certificate,
enrollees must complete eight courses combining communication and
designed this program with career changes in mind," she said.
"Theres a high demand from people in the Shenandoah Valley
who want to extend their careers into networking systems because
its a marketable skill."
completing the course, students have the option to take a test in
order to become a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). The certification
indicates they have specialized knowledge to use and support specific
program is also sponsored by the Republic Research Training Center
(RRTC), a Microsoft-certified technical education center in Charlottesville.
January, U.Va.s Northern Virginia center began its first series
of graduate-level certificate courses on essential e-commerce concepts
and applications. Students are learning to use business-related
computer tools, changing business models and emerging technologies.
The seven-course, 19-credit program sold out in its first semester
with over 120 enrollees.
wants to dive into the world of e-commerce, but many dont
know where to begin," said Steve Gladis, director of U.Va.s
Northern Virginia Continuing Education Center.
semesters courses include "Introduction to E-commerce"
taught by Deborah Winters, strategic planner with The Motley Fool,
and "Strategic Management of E-commerce Technology" taught
by Bruce Biggs, director of e-commerce with Computer Sciences Corporation.
Courses for the summer include "Financial Management for Web-based
Business" and "Web Marking: Building Awareness on the
e-commerce courses are taught at the Northern Virginia Continuing
Education Center in Falls Church.
more information, contact Dennis Parks at (804) 982-5338 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or Robert Rosseter at (703) 536-1146 or email@example.com.
Jill Johnson, (804) 924-6855