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Massasoit Community College is launching a new, 12-week Information Technology (IT) program that will accept up to 15 Brockton residents. This comprehensive training includes virtual instruction, hands-on lab work, and test preparation for the CompTIA A+ certification – a globally-recognized industry credential. Students will also learn Google’s IT Support Professional Certificate curriculum. Those who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate from Massasoit, a certificate from Google, and be eligible to sit for the CompTIA A+ exam. Passing the CompTIA A+ certification exams will earn students a dual credential from CompTIA and Google.

CompTIA A+ certification is earned by passing a set of two exams – created by IT industry professionals – that validate skills needed for entry-level IT jobs. CompTIA A+ is not just about PC repair – CompTIA A+ candidates are better prepared to troubleshoot and problem solve a wider variety of issues, ranging from networking and operating systems to mobile devices and security. The Google IT Support Professional Certificate, developed by Google, is a five      course program designed for those entering the IT field or seeking to advance.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer this program to our community,” said Maryellen Brett, associate dean of Corporate Education at Massasoit. “Both Google and CompTIA are household names in the IT space and the field has healthy job growth projections – whether it be in-person or remote work.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of computer support specialists is projected to grow 10 percent from 2018 to 2028, which is faster than the average for all occupations.

“All types of industries need skilled IT support, including professional sports, entertainment, retail, banking and finance, and so on. This is a fantastic opportunity for students and employers, and we are excited for its launch in September,” added Brett.

The program will run from to September 14 to December 19, 2020. Some in-person instruction is required. Individuals interested in the program should contact Wendy Dameron, Massasoit’s TRAIN and Urban Agenda Grant Coordinator, at wdameron@massasoit.mass.edu or by calling:      508-588-9100 x1987.

This program is made possible by the Urban Agenda Grant Program from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED), awarded to the City of Brockton.