The Technology Retraining internship Program (TRiP) began in 1998 as a dream of Dr. Kay Haverkamp, a former Continuing Education director. She wanted to create a program that would take people from other careers and transform them into IT technicians. Since then TRiP has shown hundreds of students and career professionals the way to a future in technology. TRiP affords people the opportunity to try IT without making a large commitment of time or money. Students take one course at a time and may drop the program whenever they want. Upon completion of four mandatory courses, Networking Essentials, TCP/IP, Windows 7 Configuration and CyberWatch Security, the students have compiled 66 hours of classroom and hands-on training and are considered ready for an entry level IT job.
This year seven students earned the Network Technician Certificate for completing the mandatory courses. The students still need to complete an unpaid internship and many will follow NOVA techs and learn from the hands-on experience. The students will complete a checklist of basic and advanced technical skills during their internship. In order for the students to be awarded the TRiP completion certificate, the students need to complete an additional 102 hours of training in any IT courses, such as database administration, Web design, programming or networking.
Special thanks to instructor David Campbell and program graduate Kofi Mitchual for working with the students and helping them earn their certificates.
For more information about the TRiP program, call 703.323.3859 or visit http://www.nvcc.edu/wdce/annandale/specialized/tripweb/.