Computer Training Coordinator for Continuing Education
Lake Michigan College
Benton Harbor, Niles, and South Haven, Michigan
"In the past we’ve had students
perform poorly in more advanced computer courses because they didn’t
have the necessary foundation skills. “When a student is
IC³ certified, we can be sure they have the background to
succeed in more advanced and accelerated computer courses."
Department of Continuing Education Implements IC³
Established in 1946, Lake Michigan College is a two-year comprehensive
community college located in the southwest corner of Michigan, serving
Berrien County, Covert Township in Van Buren County, and adjacent areas
of Michigan and Indiana.
The Department of Continuing Education at Lake Michigan College concluded
its pilot IC³ course and began in the fall of 2002 to offer the
certification to high school students, businesses, and the public.
"We replaced the post-exam in our popular basic computer course with
IC³," says Joe Pepple, computer training coordinator for continuing
education. "It's a perfect fit because IC³ exams cover
computer terminology and theory, basic software applications, and the Internet-everything
that's in our course."
"Concluding the course with IC³ is advantageous to students for
many reasons," says Pepple. "For example, at the end of the
course, students have an industry certification that ‘speaks louder' than
a certificate of course completion. Additionally, IC³ gives students
a point of entry into the information technology field and prepares them
for other certifications by giving them a standard skill set."
aren't the only ones benefiting from IC³. Instructors
appreciate having a benchmark by which to assess students' abilities. "In
the past we've had students perform poorly in more advanced computer
courses because they didn't have the necessary foundation skills," Pepple
says. "When a student is IC³ certified, we can be sure they have
the background to succeed in more advanced and accelerated computer courses."
simplifies the exam grading process. Because IC³ exams
are computer-based, instructors don't have to manually tally student
scores; instead, the scores are immediately generated at the conclusion
of an exam, saving teachers and students valuable time. Students and
teachers are also able to view the results online through Certiport's
Authenticated Digital Transcript Web site.
For more information about
Lake Michigan College's Department of Continuing
Education, visit www.lmc-ccd.com/ce/index.html.