DCCC makes changes to computer science curriculum

Focus of new programming to be for entry-level employment

Vincent Marshall
Dodge City Daily Globe

Dodge City Community College's board of trustees approved a new computer science curriculum moving forward.

According to DCCC vice president of workforce development Clayton Tatro, the computer science program had been dormant for the past year.

Previous curricula focused on programming in computer languages; however, the new program will focus more on certification for entry-level employment.

"Our certificate leads into an associate of applied science degree," Tatro said. "The portion that is in the first 30 hours are directly related to CompTIA certification are, A+ and Network+ and Security+.

"As we looked at the existing curriculum, there is nothing wrong with the programming courses that are in there, this focuses on entry-level certifications directly relating to employment."

The college has been in contact with industries in Dodge City as a starting point to bring in new employees.

The new curriculum was approved with a 6-0 vote. Trustee Jim Lewis did not attend the meeting and did not vote.

Trustees also approved unanimously a Greenlee Electric Green Apple Lab for its electrical tech through the use of Title V grants as well as approved Trane residential and light commercial labs for its HVAC programming.

According to Tatro, the HVAC lab is soon to be bid out, and with the lab for Trane, it could become a national training center at DCCC.

"At this time there are only two training labs for Trane in the state of Kansas," Tatro said. "One is at Washburn Tech, one is at (Wichita State) Tech we would be the only one west of Wichita and are excited for that."

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