Information technology training

For more than 30 years VR’s Information Technology (IT) Training has prepared and placed South Carolinians with disabilities in computer-related fields. The training allows clients to fully compete in today’s technology-driven job market.

Curriculum

Programming

Programming provides each trainee with C# and SQL programming languages, extensive coverage of the .Net environment, and database theory and programming. This will provide each trainee with entry level knowledge and skills. Length: 14 months.

Computer Aided Drafting and Geographic Information Systems

AutoCAD/GIS centers on the development of entry-level CAD and GIS technicians who are proficient in 3D CAD fundamentals, and mechanical and civil design applications as well as GIS “smart” mapping. Length: 11.5 months.

Business Applications Plus

BAP prepares clients for careers in customer service and office support. This includes instruction and hands-on experience in Business Communications, Keyboarding, Record Keeping (physical & electronic), as well as the MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook), bookeeping fundamentals using QuickBooks Pro and medical office administration. Length: 8 months.

Networking and Server Support

Network and Server Support addresses the needs of industries for persons who are qualified to apply the basic concepts and fundamentals of PC, network, server support, and helpdesk. Clients prepare for and have the opportunity to take the CompTIA A+, Network+ and Server+ certification exams. Length: 11.5 months.

Business-Oriented Applications

Business Oriented Applications provides training customized to meet business needs for employees who are proficient in specific applications. Length: time frame varies by individual need.

Real-world Experience

Information Technology Training at VR began in 1984 as a cooperative effort between representatives from business and industry.

The Business Advisory Council (BAC) is the result of that effort. BAC members lend their expertise and experience to help the training program respond to the ever-changing demands of information technology in the job market. A BAC subcommittee guides each area of the IT Training Program.

The subcommittees participate in course development, candidate selection, instruction, candidate progress, intern training, mentor development, graduation, job placement and follow-up.

Other Benefits

All areas of study include training in customer service fundamentals, problem solving, professional development, professional behavior and work ethics.

In addition to the technical skills offered through the curriculum, students may take advantage of services provided by VR’s Comprehensive Evaluation, Muscular Development and the Rehabilitation Technology services are provided as needed.

The classroom building is adjacent to an 18-room, 24-bed dormitory used by trainees from across the state.

Training is coordinated using an online learning management system that contains information on the training, IT industry news and job availability.

Admission

Individuals referred to the IT Training must be highly motivated and capable of working normal business hours, five days a week.

VR counselors across the state identify candidates for the training program and refer them for a comprehensive evaluation for evaluation and testing.

The staff at those facilities, in partnership with the client, recommend a program of study based on the client’s interests and ability to meet the admission criteria.

The program staff will then present a slate of candidates to the BAC for interview and approval.