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MSI Technician 1 Training

Learn more about this Manufacturing Technician I Training for those who operate precision machinery..

Entry Level IT Class

Prove that you know today’s technologies with CompTIA IT Fundamentals. From networking and cyber security essentials to hardware and software basics, IT Fundamentals demonstrates your readiness for the digital workplace. This online class is a non-credit class designed to prepare a student for the CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification exam.

The CompTIA IT Fundamentals exam is designed to help you learn more about the world of information technology (IT). It’s ideal if you’re considering a career in IT or if you work in an allied field that requires a broad understanding of IT. CompTIA IT Fundamentals can also be a stepping stone to more advanced certifications such as CompTIA A+, and, with specialized experience, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+.

Student tuition assistance may be available for qualifying individuals.

IT Helpdesk Technician Training

Course consist of 16 sessions beginning September 25, 2018. Registration closes on September 20.

Participants will learn how to successfully diagnose and resolve technical issues, provide remote and on-site support, install and upgrade software, have the skills and knowledge to work a technical helpdesk and a solid introduction to the knowledge and skills required for a Network Operations Center (NOC) position. Course includes 72 hours of classroom instruction and certification in CompTIA A+. Positions in IT support services are a great entry to a successful career in information technology.
Student tuition assistance may be available for qualifying individuals though the New Economy Workforce Credential Grant.

Why should I complete this training? 40 information technology service jobs are coming to Dickenson County in late 2018. This training will develop your skills to succeed in this fast-growing industry.

SWCC leads in Virginia e-Region initiative for IT jobs in SWVA

Personal Care Aid with Red Cross First-Aid and ServSafe

Course consists of 8 sessions beginning September 14, 2018
Personal care aides assist people with chronic diseases, physical disabilities and mental ailments by helping them prepare meals, get dressed in the morning and go about their daily tasks. Without the assistance of a personal care aide, many of these often elderly people would be unable to complete the tasks of basic living. Compassion is a requirement for anyone interested in this line of work. Personal care aides work in a variety of environments, including patient homes, small residential facilities, group homes and large-scale care communities. Unlike home health aides, personal care aides don't perform medical-related tasks. Their work often begins post-surgery, after a client has been patched and mended by a medical professional.

Employment of personal care aides is expected to increase by 37 percent between 2018 and 2026, much faster than the average rate of all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This growth is attributed to aging baby boomers, who will likely rely on in-home assistance and seek companionship. There should be more than 754,000 new positions by 2026.

SWCC’s PCA class also includes Red Cross First-Aid and ServSafe food safety certification.

Registration information is online or call 276.964.7244,

Networking Technician - Rapid Train

Course consists of 40 hours of instruction and certification in Network+. Registration closes on November 16.

The IT Helpdesk Technician Rapid Train or previous IT experience are required for participation in the Network Technician 1 Rapid Train. The Network Technician 1 will be trained in network architecture, operations, security, troubleshooting, industry standards and network theory.

Student tuition assistance may be available for qualifying individuals though the New Economy Workforce Credential Grant. 


Online Course offerings - open enrollment
Contact: Angela Miller, 276.964.7244, or email: workforce@sw.edu for registration details.

Certified Information Security Management

IT Security is without question one of the hottest and most lucrative areas of Information Technology today, and obtaining your Certified Information Security Management (CISM) credential is one of the most strategic career moves you could make.

Workforce Solutions and ed2go are now offering an online Certified Information Security Management Certification (CISM) class. Obtaining your CISM certification qualifies you for a position in Risk Management, Security Auditor, Compliance Officer or an executive management position as a CSO, CTO or CIO. This program promotes international practices and provides management with assurance that those earning this designation have the necessary knowledge and experience to provide effective security management. This program is entirely online and is completed at your own pace. When you register, you receive six (6) months to complete this program. Financial assistance may be available for qualifying students


AutoCAD with AutoCAD 3D 2018

Learn the skills to master basic and advanced AutoCAD design skills as you gain hands-on practice using the 2D tools in AutoCAD 2018. You will begin with learning the basic tools for creating 2D drawings.

You will annotate the 2D drawing by adding text, hatching, tables, and dimensions. To further this knowledge, you will explore AutoCAD tools such as blocks, layouts, templates, annotation styles, and sheet sets, to help improve your efficiency with the software. After completing the course, you will have also covered many advanced concepts including the use of external references and image files, collaboration tools, publishing, and customizations. Once proficient with the 2D commands in the AutoCAD software you will be introduced to the concepts and methods of 3D modeling.

You will gain a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of 3D and explore the main features of the advanced 3D modeling workspace. This course uses Autodesk certified curriculum give you all the skills you need to prepare for the Autodesk AutoCAD 2018 Certified User exam.

Upon registering, you are given nine months to complete the program. As a student you can also download a free version of the AutoCAD 2018 software that provides a 3 year student version license.


Introduction to Excel 2016

Do you work with numbers? Then you need to master Microsoft Excel 2016 —and this is the place to do it. Even "non-techie" beginners will find it easy to learn Excel in this fun, step-by-step online course.  These lessons will teach you dozens of shortcuts and tricks for setting up fully formatted worksheets quickly and efficiently. You'll also learn the secrets behind writing powerful mathematical formulas and discover how to use the function wizard to quickly and automatically calculate statistics, loan payments, future value, and more.

In addition, you'll get tips on sorting and analyzing data, designing custom charts and graphs, creating three-dimensional workbooks, building links between files, endowing your worksheets with decision-making capabilities, and automating frequently-repeated tasks with macros and buttons. This informative course covers Quick Analysis, Flash Fill, and powerful charting capabilities available in Excel 2016.

The instructor, Chad Wambolt, is a graduate of Boise State University, where he obtained his bachelor's degree in accounting. He has spent his entire professional career in the finance field, working for both privately and publicly held companies with sales ranging from $500 million to $3 billion. Through the course of his career, Chad has become an expert user of Microsoft Excel. His knowledge of Excel's capabilities has helped organizations streamline processes and save countless hours of labor. Chad has taught Excel to students of varying skill levels since 1997.


CompTIA Security+ Certification with exam voucher included (Full student tuition assistance may be available for qualifying individuals.)

The CompTIA Security+ is  the certification globally trusted to validate foundational, vendor-neutral IT security knowledge and skills. As a benchmark for best practices in IT security, this certification covers the essential principles for network security and risk management – making it an important stepping stone of an IT security career. Security+ is developed and maintained by leading IT experts. Content for the exam stems from a combination of industry-wide survey feedback and contributions from our team of subject matter experts.

The examination is intended for candidates who possess Network+ certification and two years of experience in IT administration with a security focus.

This class is entirely online. Upon registering, you're given six (6) months to complete this program. Certification voucher for exam is included.


CompTIA Network+ Certification with Exam Voucher Included  (Financial assistance may be available for qualifying students.)

For those who are  relatively new to IT and/or networking, CompTIA™ Network+ is an industry recommended certification as a first step in professional-level networking. This is a widely recognized and respected credential within the Information Technology industry. With this certification, a participant can demonstrate that they have the knowledge and skill set to take on a critical role in data networking.
Upon completion of the program, participants will be given a voucher to take the CompTIA™ Network+ certifying exam. This program will prepare participants for a career as a network technician and qualify them to take the CompTIA™ Network+ certification exam (N10-006). (Successful completion required to receive voucher at no cost)


Entrepreneurship: Start-Up and Business Owner Management (New Online Entrepreneurship Program)

The Entrepreneurship: Start-up and Business Owner Management Online Training Program provides an excellent foundation for not just the start-up business owner, but also for business owners and managers who want to gain a further understanding of some of the fundamental principles associated with owning and operating a start-up or established business. You'll grow in your understanding of financial and accounting terms, gain confidence and improve your communication skills, and explore the basics of running a business in accordance with legal requirements. It's never been easier to get your own business up and running! This online certificate program is offered in partnership with ed2go and Southwest Virginia Community College.

Program details link: https://careertraining.ed2go.com/swcccwes/training-programs/entrepreneurship-course?Category=business


Excel 2016 Certification Program with Exam Voucher  

Learn to use Excel 2016 to create, modify, and format Excel worksheets, perform calculations, and print Excel workbooks. Students then learn to use advanced formulas, work with lists, work with illustrations and charts, and use advanced formatting techniques.  In addition, the more advanced features of Excel will be taught and students will learn to work with pivot tables, audit worksheets, work with data tools, protect documents for collaboration with others, and work with macros. In this program, students will learn to use all of the features in Microsoft Excel 2016 and be prepared to take the Microsoft Office Certification exams 77-727 and 77-728 (Excel). There is a core exam and an expert exam for Excel. Being a MOS Certified Excel user proves to employers that students are ready to work in Excel.

The registration fee for these exams are included with this program. This program is entirely online and is completed at the students own pace. When a student registers, they receive six (6) months to complete this program. Find out more about the Excel 2016 program,


Introduction to Google Analytics

Nearly every business and non-profit organization has a website, and probably a Facebook page and a YouTube channel. Individuals have them too, to promote ideas, to share a vision, or to educate the public. No matter what brings someone to the Web, their hope is that a lot of people see their website, their wall, their tweets, and their videos. Why else go to the trouble of sharing them?

In this course, Google Analytics, scheduled to start April 11 and run through May 16, students learn to use Google Analytics to make the most of your online traffic. Participants will see how they can track the traffic to all of their online content and also determine which content is the most appealing, where their visitors came from, what devices they used, how long they stayed, which links they clicked, and where they went when they left.

The class is entirely online. The class is six weeks in length. Find more information at: https://www.ed2go.com/swcccwes/online-courses/google-analytics?tab=detail.


Complete Paralegal Program Online

Become one of the more than 250,000 paralegals in the United States. Paralegals are involved in sophisticated legal work in traditional law office settings and in the corporate, government, and public arenas. Obtaining a quality education is the best way to prepare for the paralegal profession. This self-paced, online program will get individuals ready for an entry-level paralegal position, and it will prepare students to take the certification exam. Individuals are paired with an instructor for one-on-one assistance, and students will also receive free access to NALA Campus and Westlaw.

Through a special arrangement between ed2go and National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) Campus, program tuition includes membership, access to NALA's Certified Paralegal Exam Review self-study courses and a voucher for the Certified Paralegal exam. Regardless of whether or not they are eligible for certification or plan to take the exam, the Certified Paralegal Exam review self-study courses are a value-added addition to your paralegal education.

The registration fee for the NALA Certified Paralegal exam is included with this program. This program is entirely online and is completed at an individual’s own pace. When students register, they receive twelve (12) months to complete this program.


Quickbooks 2015 Class, software included

This program not only teaches proficiency with QuickBooks 2015 software, it also teaches students to master everything from basic accounting to double-entry bookkeeping. Hands-on activities help students learn skills like planning a budget, managing a payroll, and handling accounts receivable and accounts payable. In addition, the program makes students aware of the legal standards that apply to accounting methods, giving them the proper credentials they need to practice bookkeeping with confidence. Engage in this course to jump-start a bookkeeping career or if you just want to learn accounting methods to compliment your skill-set and your resume.

The cost of the program includes the textbook Bookkeeping Made Simple and the QuickBooks 2015 software. Upon registering, students are given six months to complete this program.  Find out more about the Online Quickbooks 2015 Class


Veterinary Assistant Program  (Veterinary Assistant Online Course)

Do you love animals? Have you ever thought about a career as a veterinary assistant?

Workforce Solutions is proud to announce a new Six- Week Veterinary Assistant online course. In a partnership with Ed2Go, these instructor-facilitated online courses can be completed entirely from your home or office anytime of the day or night. Courses are project-oriented and include 12 lessons.