The Computer Technology Program at Washington County Community College held an advisory committee meeting at the college on October 3rd. Alan Kryszak, campus IT manager at the University of Maine at Machias, spoke as the featured presenter. Kryszak is an example of exactly who the program is looking to attract for the advisory committee: computer professionals with an interest in fostering the development of IT in Washington County.
The Computer Technology Program [CTP] is only a few years old at WCCC, but under the guidance of instructor George Chmielecki and the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training [TAACCCT] program, it has blossomed. Dozens of students have been learning skills in classes ranging from software programming to hardware networking, and all things in between.
However, technology is not static—in fact, it is constantly evolving. To keep up with the changes in the field of technology and ensure that the program remains as relevant as possible for local businesses, the program is actively seeking new advisors for the advisory committee.
“The goal is to have all the computer technology professionals in Washington County on the advisory board,” Kim Landrau, TAACCCT coordinator, said. “Then they can shape the program in the direction they want it to go.” The CTP began at the college with the assistance of the TAACCCT grant program, meaning it is designed to create a smooth transition for students directly into the workforce.
Current advisors to the program include local experts in industries connected with banking and social services, illustrating how technology is interrelated with nearly every field. Part of the responsibilities of the council are to work with CTP students to provide “soft skills” and to answer questions related to employment in the area. There are also numerous benefits to being on the council, including the opportunity for professional growth and development.
To become an advisor for the CTP, contact Kim Landrau at (207) 454-1009. The next meeting is anticipated to be held at WCCC in April. The program aims to offer its advisory committee meetings in an online format in the future to ease transportation barriers.