GRCC’s computer information systems department partners with 3 national programs



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications

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July 13, 2015 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Students pursuing computer careers will have access to the latest curricula and industry-recognized certifications through Grand Rapids Community College's partnership with three national programs.

GRCC has been approved as a Cisco Networking Academy, a CompTIA Academy and a Microsoft IT Academy. Luann Keizer, GRCC's computer information systems department chair, said that accomplishing all three partnerships in one semester is an achievement.

"By entering into these partnerships, we are improving our offerings for students, providing valuable curriculum resources for students and faculty, and improving opportunities for employment," she said.

Cisco Networking Academy's IT skills and career building program offers the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician, Cisco Certified Network Associate and Cisco Certified Network Professional certifications.

The Computer Technology Industry Association, or CompTIA, is a nonprofit organization representing the information technology industry. Its certifications range from Strata IT Fundamentals to specialty certifications for specific industries such as health care and security.

The Microsoft IT Academy offers the Microsoft Office Specialist, Microsoft Technology Associate and Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate certifications.

Andrew Rozema, CIS assistant professor, said the new partnerships are important enhancements to the curriculum, and GRCC students who complete these programs will have a huge advantage in the job market.

"This is name-brand training that area employers are looking for," he said.

GRCC's CIS department offers pre-major degrees in computer information systems, computer science and information security as well as two-year degrees in network administration, computer programming, graphics and web development, and computer support. To learn more about these programs, click here.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.