Mission, BC (May, 2012) -Riverside College in Mission is introducing a new Information Technology Technician (ITT) program that will help fill a projected shortage of qualified IT technicians in the Fraser Valley.
Technology industry employers approached Riverside College about designing the new program. “There is a dire need for locally-based, skilled IT technicians at this level of training in the Fraser Valley,” says Raymond Szabada, a member of Mission’s Economic Development Commission and founder of the Sumas Regional Consortium for High Technology (SRC-Tec).
“There is a tendency to outsource our IT needs to foreign markets but it’s time to bring these opportunities home to our own communities. Riverside’s new program will help us in developing a self-sufficient model that both creates jobs and increases our productivity as a whole.”
It will be the only program in the Fraser Valley providing certifications for this level of training. Graduates will join the work force as entry-level IT administrators, call centre support, desktop support and small business IT support workers.
“Every program at Riverside has a concrete connection to the local marketplace and our new IT Technician program is no different,” says Cathy Anderson, principal of Riverside College. “When we first learned of the shortage from local business leaders, we began to research broader community partnerships and support for instituting a program at Riverside. The response we got was very positive and the result is our new ITT program.”
The program will open its doors in September 2012 and is currently accepting applications. Any student wishing to pursue a career in information technology can apply regardless of computer skills or access, or a Grade 12 diploma. These courses will earn credit toward an ITT certificate, while students will also earn the industry-association standardized certificates known as IC3-GS3 and CompTIA A+. The ITT program consists of five courses, all of which comply with current Ministry of Education course offerings.
Riverside College, which has served Mission and the Fraser Valley since 2001, allows students to work towards completing grade 12 while offering a variety of career and trades training programs, as well as academic courses. Programs are designed to provide students with the support they need to succeed.
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