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NIACC Offers New Programs This Fall

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) is proud to announce the addition of new programs available to students beginning in the fall semester.

The Information Assurance and Security Specialization degree prepares the student to understand networking components while specializing in securing and protecting the network. This professional will protect the network, improve and maintain the network and security as well as conduct investigations if a threat or intrusion has been identified.

The Information Technology Specialist degree prepares the student to understand networking components, personal computer repair, troubleshooting and management of workstations and server systems. This professional demonstrates the skills required to develop, establish, set up, maintain, and repair any issue that may arise while users are conducting work-related concepts, including basic protection theory on viruses, malware and spyware that may enter a computer system during daily usage.

Diesel Technology– Students who complete the first three semesters of the automotive curriculum have the option to continue to the Diesel Technology program, which is designed to provide training in the diagnosis, repair and maintenance of heavy-duty agricultural equipment, over-the-road diesel trucks and other heavy-duty diesel systems. The Diesel Technology program will provide training in entry-level skills of mechanical, electrical and fuel systems, power trains, brake systems, air conditioning, welding and hydraulics.

“Iowa is in need of middle skill workers,” said Dr. Debra Derr, NIACC President. “NIACC will continue to be responsive to the needs of our employers. These new programs provide education in areas identified by our community and the state to a build skilled workforce that serves the needs of North Iowa.”

In addition to offering these degrees, NIACC is also recognized as the official Academy location for CompTIA, CISCO and Microsoft. These partnerships provide students with the training as well as the accessibility to test for certifications through each Academy. These testing services are also open to the public.

These programs are in addition to the previously announced addition of the new partnership between NIACC, Garner-Hayfield High School and several neighboring school districts who are partnering to form a new Entrepreneurship Academy at Garner-Hayfield High School for the 2012-13 school year.

Enrollments are now being accepted with the programs beginning August 2012.

“These new programs were recently approved by the NIACC Board of Trustees,” Derr said. “In March, we were notified that NIACC has been named a CompTIA Academy in the Authorized Partner Program courtesy of Cyber Watch. This will add to our program creditability because now we are recognized as CISCO, Microsoft and CompTIA academies. Along with these designations, we will receive certain amenities such as discounted prices for students to take the certifications and the opportunity for us to promote that we are teaching and working within the industry standards with our curriculum by using the texts that are recognized by CompTIA as complying with their standards. “

Registration for fall classes is currently underway. Students who may be interested in these new programs or any other courses at NIACC are encouraged to contact the NIACC Admissions office at 641-422-4245 or 1-888- GO NIACC, extension 4245.

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