July 19, 2008

LCC Programs Show Off in Raleigh

By The Free Press, Kinston, N.C.

Jul. 19--Two instructors from Lenoir Community College headed to Raleigh recently to showcase their programs to state legislators.

Chris Jenkins, head of Automotive Systems Technology, and David V. Jones, head of Computer Engineering Technology, traveled to the Legislative Office Building to display the facts and benefits of the state's community college system programs.

With chambers of the legislature trying to finalize the annual budget, the informational booth received a lot of attention. In addition to providing information about jobs, salaries and training needs in North Carolina, Jones and Jenkins provided soft drinks and homemade cookies prepared by LCC Culinary Arts students.

The Automotive Systems Technology Program prepares students for careers in auto service and repair, automotive parts retail businesses and automotive warranty jobs.

With the rapid rate of technological advancement occurring in the automotive industry, combined with many experienced technicians nearing retirement age, there is a shortage of well trained technicians in the field.

As of 2005, the North Carolina median wage for automotive service technicians was $16.18 per hour, with experienced and certified technicians making making more than $80,000 per year. Wages, benefits, job opportunities and working conditions are expected to rise over the next decade as the shortage of trained technicians becomes more acute.

LCC's automotive systems technology associate's degree program prepares students for certification and successful careers in this field.

For program information, contact Jenkins at 252) 527-6223, Ext. 110 or [email protected]

The Computer Engineering Technology Program provides the skills required to install, service and maintain computers, peripherals, networks and microprocessor and computer controlled equipment.

It includes training in hardware and software, emphasizing operating systems concepts to provide a unified view of computer systems.

Graduates should qualify for employment opportunities in electronics engineering technology, computer science, computer networks, server maintenance, programming and other areas requiring knowledge of electronic and computer systems.

Graduates may also qualify for certification in electronics, computers or networks. The computer industry is looking for male and female employees. Typical employment would include sales, design, installation, computer system analyst, computer system administration, troubleshooting and certified network technicians.

Typical salary for a computer engineer ranges from $33,000 to more than $60,000 per year, depending on where a person is employed.

For information about this program, contact Jones at (252) 527-6223, Ext. 102 or [email protected]


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