Pratt Community College has started another partnership with Wichita Area Technical College to provide more options for students interested in Information Network Technology.

“The partnership is a natural progression resulting from our existing partnership in nursing and is another good example of how a community college and technical college can improve access to a technical program without much additional cost or resources to either place,” said Joe Varrientos, vice president of instruction.

Students will start by taking 15 hours of course work on WATC’s campus and getting a certificate of completion in IT Essentials. Once the students have successfully completed the certificate they will enroll in PCC’s INT classes in either Witchita or Pratt.

“The big advantage to having the certificate is that students are then employable,” Varrientos said. “The associate’s degree will allow them to have better opportunities to find a job with more difficult skills.”

Varrientos said there will be some changes to the program from when PCC had it alone, including offering more courses and some changes to what general education courses are offered.

The program includes Computer and Network Hardware (Servers and Routers), Computer and Network Operating Systems and Protocols and Windows and Unix/Linux Operating Systems. Students can also expect to learn mobile computing systems, Cloud computing, web page design, programing and business ethics.

PCC is a comprehensive community college, offering an associate’s degree in general education as well as technical education studies and business and industry training. Students may transfer to a 4-year university or enter the workforce upon completion of their degree of training.

PCC offers a variety of courses on campus and online leading to degree completion or transfer to a four-year college. Students experience one-on-one attention from instructors through small class size and personalized advising. PCC transfer students regularly achieve higher grade point averages at state universities compared to non-transfer students. In addition to PCC’s main campus located 70 miles west of Wichita, programs and services are also offered in Winfield, Coffeyville and through the Wichita eLearning Service Center, 7920 West Kellogg, Suite 200.

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