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New PCC Web Programs Get Certified, Start This Fall
Photos and Story by James Hill
Portland Community College’s promise to stay on the leading edge of technology is evident by merely looking at two of its newly accredited programs — E-Commerce and Web Site Development. The one-year, 47-credit certificate programs were formally approved by the Oregon State Board of Education on Thursday, June 15 and give PCC two dynamic Web-related programs to help students stay current on the design and business side of the Internet. The credits from these programs are easily transferred to major four-year universities like Portland State University, Washington State University (Vancouver, Wash.) and Oregon Institute of Technology. The courses for these programs will start this fall term, beginning Monday, Sept. 25, at the Cascade and Sylvania campuses.
"These programs place PCC on the cutting edge of education in the most modern technology we have," said Terri Greenfield, division dean of the Business and Government division at the college’s Cascade Campus. "They are very sophisticated and give students a skill level that is highly desirable in the Silicon Forest we are living in now."
The E-Commerce program is designed to help students administer and manage Web servers and design and program transaction-based Web sites that work with databases. It was developed to meet the technical career needs in business and industry to staff positions like Web server administrator, Webmaster, E-Commerce manager, HTML programmer, help desk or user support, and Web technologist, developer, designer and producer. Students will be able to communicate effectively and use key programming, publishing, database and transaction tools. With a business and technical perspective, they will be able to spot E-Commerce issues like telecommunications, security and scalability.
In Web Site Development, students get specialized skills to produce professional Web sites. It will help those students fill such entry-level positions as Web site developer and HTML programmer. They will be able to communicate effectively, use the latest development tools, add a business perspective to site development and be able to identify key design and interface issues. The program is intended for students and working professionals who want to focus on Web site creation and maintenance as a career.
The classes will take place at the Cascade Campus (705 N. Killingsworth St.) and Sylvania Campus (12000 S.W. 49th Ave.). For more information on these programs, contact Terri Greenfield, division dean of the Business and Government division, at 503-978-5235.