Purdue News

September 23, 2004

Microsoft certification classes offered at Krannert

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The world's largest independent IT education company is offering six one-week Microsoft certification classes at Purdue's Krannert School of Management starting in October.

New Horizons Computer Learning Centers will offer the first one-week class, Microsoft Certified Professional designation A+ Certification, beginning on Oct. 20. The class meets from 6-10 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The cost of this and each of the subsequent one-week classes is about $2,000.

Gerry McCartney, Krannert School assistant dean for information technology, said he was motivated to pursue offering the Microsoft certification classes locally because Purdue students and staff have historically had to travel to Indianapolis for Microsoft certifications.

McCartney said these certifications are commercially respected and are already offered at many other campuses in the United States and that the Krannert School wanted to provide the same opportunity for Purdue students. He stressed that these are not Purdue classes but were high-quality enhancements students will recognize and be interested in taking.

"These are serious classes that are well respected in industry, but they cost serious cash," McCartney said. "By offering them here on campus, we can make this opportunity available to all our students, upgrade our human IT capital, and also open the classes up to engineering, computer science, business and liberal arts students who want a little more juice as they enter a competitive job market."

This view is echoed by Patrick Bouvet a product development manager at Microsoft.

"By offering its students the opportunity to acquire industry-leading IT certifications from Microsoft, Purdue is giving them the tools and opportunities required to further their careers," he said.

Ramindu Silva, a Web developer who works in McCartney's Krannert IT shop, said he welcomes the opportunity.

"I'd personally like to get Microsoft-certified," he said. "I learned computer theory studying computer technology, but the certification gives you hands-on experience setting up Microsoft servers. It helps you get a foot in the door with employers. The certification enhances your degree."

The second weeklong class, Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator Network+, runs Nov. 15-20 on the same weeklong plus Saturday class schedule. Four subsequent weeklong sessions are planned for the first four months of 2005. All classes will take place in the Krannert Building computer laboratory and will be limited to 20 students.

Other classes to be offered spring semester include:

• MS 2273 – Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment

• MS 2276 – Implementing a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure Services: Host

• MS 2277 – Implementing a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure Services: Services

• Network + Certification Class

New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, with headquarters in Anaheim, Calif., and a branch office in Indianapolis, was named the world's largest independent IT training company by International Data Corp. in 2003. New Horizons is a subsidiary of New Horizons Worldwide Inc., a public company listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange.

To enroll or for other information, contact New Horizons' Anne Ridgway at (317) 575-7607 or Anne@nhindy.com.

Writer: Mike Lillich, (765) 494-2077, mlillich@purdue.edu

Sources: Gerry McCartney, (765) 496-3928, mccart@purdue.edu

Ramindu Silva, rsilva@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


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