If you have earned IT certifications in the past, but need to show you are current with today’s technology or want to earn a degree, LCCC’s Validate IT program can help.

“We can convert certifications into college credit and then fill in your gaps with other modules to get you up to date or on your way to a degree,” said Hikmat Chedid, professor in LCCC’s Engineering, Business and Information Technologies division.

This program is great for working professionals or employers who want their IT team to stay current with industry standards, Chedid noted. It is a competency-based, project-based program where a detailed assessment of each student’s skills is done to determine their needs.

“In this program, I am getting educated in the areas where I need to improve and not studying the content I know well,” said Westlake Police Forensics Investigator Richard Johnson. “I am receiving an education that is tailored specifically to my needs. This makes the competency-based program a great experience for those already in the workforce.”

Johnson – a 16-year veteran of the force – said this program was just what he needed to upgrade and certify his skills for his department.

“Staying current in digital forensics is a must,” said Johnson, who has been working exclusively as a digital forensics examiner for the last five years. “This allows me to maintain that viability I need to provide the best work product possible, while also pursuing a degree relative to my field.”

This program allows you to participate in flexible information technology training that is online and self-paced. You get credit for IT experience already earned while working at information technology courses directly linked to industry certifications. Those who successfully complete the Validate IT program receive full college credit from LCCC.

The certificates and associate degrees available through the Validate IT program include:

  • computer and digital forensics,
  • computer applications integration specialist
  • computer maintenance and networking.

To learn more, visit www.lorainccc.edu/validate or call Program Advisor Carrie Delaney at (440) 366-4726 or Professor Hikmat Chedid at (440) 366-7017.