Tyler Junior College

TJC students building computers to donate to area nonprofits

Published Friday, 2nd August 2013

Students in TJC's A+ Certification Preparation program are preparing for careers in information technology by building computers that will be donated to Smith County nonprofit groups.

The program is a partnership between TJC and Workforce Solutions East Texas.

The students are three weeks into the intensive, four-week program comprised of 120 hours of classroom instruction and 60 hours of hands-on training in a computer lab.

“To say this is an intensive program is really an understatement,” said Carla Curtis, program development manager for the TJC School of Continuing Studies. “These highly motivated students are learning the information technology field from the ground up in an extremely condensed period of time.”

In addition to an overview of information technology, fundamentals of computer operations, assembly and configuration of computer components, and teambuilding, the students also receive extensive training in job readiness and writing skills.

Information technology professionals from Suddenlink Communications and Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics assist the students by conducting mock job interviews.

“During the first week, Jo McMahan with the Nonprofit Development Center spent two hours each day working with the students, who honed their writing skills by developing the request for proposals which was distributed to area nonprofit organizations for the purpose of awarding the computers they’ve built,” Curtis said.

When all of the applications have been received, the students will then use a scoring system to determine which Smith County nonprofit groups will be awarded the computers.

Smith County non-profit organizations interested in applying to receive up to two free computers may contact Gina Anderson by email at ganderson@uwtyler.org or at the Nonprofit Development Center, 4000 Southpark Dr., Tyler, TX 75703.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6.

At the conclusion of the program, students will receive their certificates of completion and meet representatives of the nonprofit groups who will be awarded the computers.

The ceremony will be held 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, in Room 102 of the Pirtle Technology building on the TJC main campus.

Author: Elise Mullinix 

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