Local company focuses on affordable training.
The Livonia-based Computer Networking Center is taking a new approach to IT training. In a weak economy, the school has focused on remaining a provider of affordable education that gives students not only the certification they need, but also the hands-on experience that prospective employers will ask for. We recently spoke with CNC founder Muhammad Khan about the school’s offerings.
What does Computer Networking Center do?
Computer Networking Center is training school that is fully committed to providing students with the highest quality training at an affordable price. We are a training facility that believes in practical hands-on training for all of our courses. We are a Microsoft Certified Partner, which allows us to provide our students with the most up-to-date materials for our MCSE Windows 2000 course. We are also a CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association)-approved training facility which allows us to offer the A+ PC Technician Certification and the Network + Systems Administrator course.
You’ll be offering MOUS certification starting this June. Can you talk a little bit about this new course offering?
Computer Networking Center is starting to offer this course because we believe that in today’s computer driven office environment, every user should be proficient in their desktop computer skills by obtaining their MOUS (Microsoft Office User Specialist) certification. A user should be properly trained in Microsoft’s office suite of tools, including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
What do you think makes the school unique?
Computer Networking Center is different from other schools because we believe in offering a personalized service, honest answers, practical hands-on training, affordable pricing and a free retake policy for all our students. We offer the students personalized, individual attention because our class sizes are relatively small, with eight students per class session. This allows the student to experience better student-teacher interaction in the classroom.
What kind of job placement services does the school offer, and how successful are they?
Our job placement service includes helping students with their résumés, technical interviewing skills, and locating available jobs. First, we give our students a sample résumé that is geared to the computer/networking job market and ask the students to develop a résumé that is similar to our template. We inform the students that they can list their practical training as experience to make them more valuable and marketable in the current job market. Next, we discuss with the students how to conduct themselves during a technical interview. Finally, we help locate available jobs by posting help wanted ads every week in our office, informing the students of how to use online job-search Web sites, and discussing which recruiting companies in the area they should contact.
What else is on the horizon for CNC?
Our business has been growing for the past four years and we are currently looking to expand our certification courses to include MOUS (Microsoft Office User Specialist), CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate), and CIW (Certified Internet Webmaster) classes. We believe that computer networking courses will always be an important fundamental when a student enters the computer industry, but we also recognize the Internet as a growing fundamental. Therefore, we would like to start offering more Internet based courses like Web designing and Cisco classes because we believe the Internet to be the future of the computer industry.
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