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The Computer Technology Program is very happy to announce that on January 10, 2012 Sauk Valley Community College received word from the Illinois Community College Board of the approval of eight new computer/networking courses and three new computer/networking degrees and certificates. This is a project that we have been working on with SVCC very closely with for the past few years. What is most exciting about this, for the Whiteside Area Career Center, is that we designed one of these certificates specifically with WACC Tech Students in mind. Successful students attending the Computer Technology program at WACC for two years receive a total of 16 college credits, 8 that articulate for first year students and 8 that are dual credit for second year students. At the end of their second year at WACC these students will have met the requirements and have earned one of the certificates that are offered. Below is the information as how it will appear in the SVCC college catalog in the future.

The courses are listed in the order that they are taken at WACC. The first three the 1st year and the second three the 2nd year.

Computer Information Systems: PC Technician Certificate

This PC Technician certificate is available for students who are interested in entry level employment in the computer field with a specialization as a personal computer technician.

Work and Employment
PC Technicians are involved in the installation, use and maintenance of computers. They may set up the physical computer and peripherals for end users. They are proficient in operating systems and are often the first responder to end users.

Major Field Requirement
CIS 101 or CIS 109 3 Semester hour(s)
CIS 167 – A+ Certification 3 Semester hour(s)
CIS 151 – Network+ Certification 2 Semester hour(s)
CIS 190 – Windows Server Fundamentals 2 Semester hour(s)
CIS 197 – Security+ Certification 3 Semester hour(s)
CIS 250 – Linux Certification 3 Semester hour(s)

Total Hours Required for Certificate: 16

For the past few weeks the Comptuer Technlogy class has been busy learning the basics of Visual Basic Programming. For those of you who don’t know, Visual Basic is a programming language and environment developed by Microsoft. Based on the BASIC language, Visual Basic was one of the first products to provide a graphical programming environment and a paint metaphor for developing user interfaces. Instead of worrying about syntax details, the Visual Basic programmer can add a substantial amount of code simply by dragging and dropping controls, such as buttons and dialog boxes, and then defining their appearance and behavior. Some of the projects include a speed clicking game, a speed typing program, a number picking game, and a web browser. We recently took some pictures of a few of the students working on some projects.

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Second year students, Ethan Rockwood and Gage Eakins, along with Computer Technology Instructor Mr. Dana Fellows have been busy revamping the schools website that will be taking advantage of the latest web technologies. They are using WordPress, which is a Content Management Systems (CMS).

A content management system (CMS) is a system used to manage the content of a Web site. Content management systems are deployed primarily for interactive use by a multiple number of contributors. For example, the software for the website Wikipedia is based on a wiki, which is a particular type of content management system. The content managed includes computer files, image media, audio files, electronic documents and web content. The former web site at the Whiteside Area Career Center was designed in 2007 with the help of Art Van Zuiden, a former student from Morrison. That site was done using a CMS called Joomla.

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