Colorado colleges offer new IT training
- By Daniel Keegan
- May 17, 2000
Colorado community colleges have partnered with an electronic commerce company
to provide information technology training to adults who want to change
Mary Crabbe Gershwin, the director of strategic initiatives at the Colorado
Community College and Occupational Education System, said that many adults
want to get training in e-commerce and the Internet but cannot afford it.
"One of the gaps we saw are programs that allow you to get these skills,
but they're very expensive," Gershwin said. "Employers want workers with
basic knowledge, but there's no reason to take on $20,000 in debt."
The colleges will target four new groups:
* Career changers: a certificate in e-business aimed at those that have
business skills but need technical skills and vice versa.
* Small business owners: a series of half-day workshops addressing World
Wide Web strategy options, legal issues and the Internet, and the use of
the Internet to reduce purchasing costs.
* Digital Divide crossers: courses and workshops aimed at those unfamiliar
with new technology.
* Elected officials: provides information about policy issues and rural
The Global Commerce Certificate, the program aimed for career changers,
is so named because of a partnership with Global Commerce Systems Inc. The company donated the curriculum and is training instructors
to teach the material.
The program costs $1,100 for a 16- to 18-credit course. The program
schedules vary depending on which college is offering them. However, the
five three-week classes are mostly offered at night from Monday through
Thursday and on weekends.
"We want them to be able to work during the day and get their training
at night," Gerswhin said.
They also offer a one-credit seminar in business or technology and an
optional internship and independent study.
Currently, the program is being piloted at one college but will grow
to 14 within five months.