New Computer and Network Career Development Classes Offered at Jackson State

Beginning in January, Jackson State Community College has a new offering of classes in its Computer Information Systems Program. There are courses that enable IT professionals the ability to prepare for CompTIA A+ Certification and also Ciscos CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) certification.

The A+ Certification by CompTIA demonstrates competency as a computer technician. CompTIA A+ certification is a vendor neutral certification that covers numerous technologies and operating systems from such vendors as Microsoft, Apple and others.

According to Dr. Tom Pigg, Dean of Computer Information Systems at JSCC, the A+ certification is an excellent way for individuals to get their feet wet for those who feel they may be interested in a career in information technology but dont want to commit to an actual degree program to find out. Dr. Pigg continues, many people are intimidated at the prospect of taking courses in computer technology and talk themselves out of it before they have even given it a chance. Anyone who feels they may be interested in pursuing a career in IT should talk to us before giving up on the idea.

The CCNA certification is an entry-level network engineer certification program. With a CCNA certification, an individual will be validated on the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks.

Dr. Tom Pigg has cited these courses as an excellent opportunity for current IT professionals to help bolster their credentials and possibly giving them a competitive edge. This is also an excellent way for organizations to offer their IT staff training to ensure that they are better equipped to setup, configure and maintain computer networks.

The coursework taken in these classes will give individuals the tools they need to successfully sit for both the CompTIA A+ and Cisco CCNA certification exams. Dr. Pigg explains, the classroom setting with experienced and qualified instructors provides students with a definite advantage in preparing for the certification exam as opposed to preparing for a test with only a manual at hand.

The spring semester at Jackson State begins January 16. Anyone interested in pursuing these courses should contact Dr. Pigg at (731) 424-3520 ext. 50201 or email him at

Registration for these or any other Jackson State classes continues through January 16. Visit the colleges website at General registration questions should be directed to Admissions at (731) 425-8844.