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Belton IT Training Academy

CENTRAL TEXAS COMPUTER NETWORK TRAINING PARTNERSHIP

If you are graduating from Belton ISD in May 2018 – and are interested in joining the IT industry– the Central Texas Computer Network Training Partnership could help you kick start a successful career in the tech sector.

Receive training from industry experts and earn CompTIA certifications in:

Connect with local and regional employers for possible job placement and internships

No out-of-pocket costs for students

Learn foundational IT skills in supportive environment in 8 weeks

 

Watch More About These Certifications:
A+
Network+


FAQs

What is the Central Texas Computer Network Training Partnership?

The CTCNTP is a grant received from the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) High Demand Job Training Program.  The local program is sponsored by TWC and the Belton Economic Development Corporation (BEDC), developed in partnership with Belton ISD and CompTIA to prepare recent Belton ISD graduates for a career in Information Technologies.  Through this program, students will gain hands-on experience in computer networking and will earn CompTIA certifications in A+ and Network+.  The program is an 8-week course and is offered at no cost to the applicant.

Who should apply?

Any student that is a 2018 graduate of Belton Independent School District.  There are no prerequisites required and previous computer courses are NOT necessary.  This program is targeted towards high school graduates that are considering a career out of high school in the IT field or may need a job upon graduation while pursuing a degree.

How are students selected?

The first step is to submit an application of interest.  This simply requests your contact information and preferred cohort (or session day) for instruction.  The application can be downloaded from this page.  You will then be invited to complete a brief assessment on campus.  The assessment is estimated to take 20-30 minutes and will be used to determine the skillset level for the individual.  Based on the total number of applicants, assessment, student commitment and grant requirements, 36 students will be selected for admission into the program. 

How can I apply?

Download the application and submit to the Belton High School CTE Center or Belton New Tech High School Main Office. Applications must be submitted by Monday, May 21, 2018.  If your schedule does not permit a visit to the office, simply take a picture of the completed application and email it to stephanie.ferguson@bisd.net.

I am a parent, why should I encourage my child to pursue a field in information technologies?

As your young adult considers which path to take following graduation, this 8-week course can be taken in the interim to fast-track a participant into becoming employable before the fall.  If the path desired is to higher education or technical training, this course offers a foundation in IT infrastructure for them to build upon in college.  Or, it may simply offer the opportunity to become employable to help your young adult supplement college expenses.  

Alternatively, if the path desired is focused on work, then this course will springboard your young adult into a career.  In addition to the certifications earned, participants will be coached in resume building, interviewing and will have the opportunity to participate in a job fair for internships or entry-level employment.  

The CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications lay the foundation for a career in information technology, specifically (but not limited to) one in cybersecurity.  The business landscape is continually changing and the demand for employees with IT skills is rapidly increasing in all industry sectors around the globe.  Encouraging your young adult to complete this program will provide them with the foundation needed in a career path that is in high demand and high growth. 

Who are the partners?

CompTIA

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications in the world. With more than 2,000,000 IT certifications issued worldwide, CompTIA is dedicated to helping IT professionals lead the charge in our digitally connected world. For more than 20 years, CompTIA has developed training and certification exams for computing support, networking, security, open-source (Linux) development, cloud and mobility. Their regular review and updates of exams ensure that CompTIA certifications continue to address the needs of today’s technology challenges. CompTIA is a non-profit trade association serving as the voice of the information technology industry. Through professional certifications, educational programs, research, networking events, philanthropy and public policy advocacy, CompTIA is dedicated to helping advance the IT industry.

Belton Economic Development Corporation

The BEDC is charged to promote, assist, and enhance economic development activities within the City of Belton with special emphasis on primary industry.  Partnership in this program supports initiatives to provide a highly-skilled labor pool to support business retention, expansion and recruitment initiatives. For more information on BEDC go to beltonedc.org.

Belton Independent School District

Belton ISD is a fast growth school district with a student population of 10,864.  The District’s mission is to provide an education that challenges all of their students to excel.  The vision of BISD is to be a leader in preparing every student to excel in tomorrow’s world.  The BISD partnership will help to challenge, prepare, and empower students to acquire leadership, academic and technical skills in a hands-on environment that will help students succeed in post-secondary education/training program, and prepare for a globally competitive workforce.  For more information on BISD go to www.bisd.net.

Texas Workforce Commission

Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is the state agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas. TWC strengthens the Texas economy by providing the workforce development component of the Governor's economic development strategy. Texas boasts an incredibly skilled workforce ready to attract enterprise to the Lone Star State. By focusing on the needs of employers, TWC gives Texas the competitive edge necessary to draw business here.  For more information on TWC got to www.twc.state.tx.us.

Workforce Solutions of Central Texas

WSCT promotes the delivery of employment and training programs and services that meet needs of business, industry, and workers in Central Texas.  WSCT services are designed to place Texans in jobs and to equip workers with the skills needed to foster economic development. WSCT works with employers, employees, and the general public to achieve its goals. For more information on WSCT go to www.workforcelink.com.