Shreveport Electronic Technology Student Earns CompTIA A+ Certification

Contributed by Adrian Crawford, Campus Librarian

Congratulations to Paul Carter, a student in our Shreveport Campus’s Electronic Technology (ET) Program, who has passed the CompTIA A+ Certification. ET Instructor Kenneth Mann explains, “A+ has been around for years but is gaining in popularity with industry hiring managers.  Acquiring this certification means that the person has mid-level competencies in computer hardware and software. More entry-level jobs are asking for this or other certifications in help wanted ads.”(1)

The CompTIA A+ certification process requires two exams. The first covers the fundamentals of computer technology, installing and configuring PCs, laptops, and related hardware, and basic networking. The second covers the skills required to install and configure PC operating systems and common features like network connectivity and email for mobile operating systems. Typically, the two-part exam is taken upon graduation and is the starting point for a potential career in information/electronics technology.(1)

L to R: ET Students Billy Netherland, Paul Carter, J. Michael SanAngelo, Jimmy Jackson, Moses Daniels, Aaron Smith, and Kody Mann.

L to R: ET Students Billy Netherland, Paul Carter, J. Michael SanAngelo, Jimmy Jackson, Moses Daniels, Aaron Smith, and Kody Mann.

A Motivator for Other Electronic Technology Students
Although several ET graduates have gained their CompTIA A+ certification since we began the ET program at the Shreveport Campus in April 2009, Lead ET Instructor Randall Henley is confident that accomplishments such as Paul’s will help motivate and encourage current ET students to succeed in gaining their certification. According to Mr. Henley, “With Paul still an active student, our other ET students have the benefit of hearing from – and learning from – someone who has ‘been there’ and succeeded.”

Electronic Technology Peer Advocate Group in Shreveport
Mr. Henley notes that Remington College’s instructors have been emphasizing to students the importance of using every available resource, including each other. In fact, this concept has taken root among current ET students through a student group called Peer Advocates. Shreveport’s Peer Advocates act as mentors to newer students, and Paul Carter is one of those mentors. He and the other advocates in the Shreveport Electronic Technology Department have come together to form a study group for those who haven’t yet taken the exam. They meet in the Learning Resource Center on Campus twice a week to comb through the study guide and discuss the terms and skills they are learning. It’s a great way not only to prepare for the exam but also to establish a bond of support and friendship that we hope will last long after our students graduate.

 

(1)    Employment is not guaranteed for students or graduates. Additional requirements for certification may apply.

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