Certification Courses at Ogeechee Tech

Hello!  My name is Terry Hand and I am the Computer Networking instructor at Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) here in Statesboro, Georgia.  I train students from both OTC & Georgia Southern University (GSU) offering them hands-on training on how to setup, maintain, troubleshoot & secure computer networking systems.  Our training varies from basic PC installation & maintenance to more advanced computer networking design & implementation to even Server Administration including the setup and maintenance of servers like Active Directory(DC), DHCP, DNS, RAS-Remote Access, FS/PS, IIS (Web) and much more.

And on top of hands-on training, have you been interested in getting a computer certifications from Microsoft or CompTIA including the infamous A+, Network+, Security+, or Microsoft’s MCTS(Windows 7), MCITP(Server) or more?  We have been the top ranked certification school in Georgia for three years now (see information below) & this was one of our best years.  We are working hard to produce quality graduates that will be productive employees.  We try to provide more than just a knowledge based program by including an emphasis on hands-on training and work-ethics behavior.  Our training varies from basic PC installation & maintenance to more advanced computer networking design & implementation including training in Active Directory, DHCP, DNS, FS-PS(File/Print Services), RAS, Web(IIS), Email, Terminal Service and new advanced topics including IPSec and Certificate Servers.

Ogeechee Technical College (CIS Program Highlights )

CIS Certifications:  Over the last few years (2009-2012), our students have earned around an average 50+ industry standard computer certifications a year with a near ‘90%’ successful passing rate (highest in Georgia).   Certifications have ranged from the basic CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ certificates up to Microsoft’s MCP and the newer MCTS or MCITP certificates.

Top-Ranked CIS Program: We have been the top ranked technical college in Georgia for three-years running, and we are hoping that such success will continue in the future as our close-ties to the community strengthen, our partnership with GSU thrives and our dual-enrollment program with the local high-schools continues to grow.

OTC & GSU Partnership:  OTC & GSU (Georgia Southern) formed a partnership between the CIS program at OTC and the IT/IS program at GSU.  Students from both schools are invited to take classes, mostly for ‘hands-on training’ but also for ‘certification preparation’.   Last year we had around 25+ GSU students participate in classes.

Boot-Camp Training Seminars (During the Breaks): Starting in 2006, we also started teaching & offering free boot-camp training seminars during the breaks (which have been extremely helpful to students seeking certifications).  Officially boot-camps often can cost anywhere from $1000 up to $4,000, but again, we offer them for free to students who take our classes.  PACS and computer students come out for individualized, customized training.

Advisory Committees: I currently serve on both the Microsoft national advisory committee (Microsoft Faculty Champions) and on the CompTIA’s E2C national advisory committee. I also currently serve on the statewide CIS Executive committee for Georgia and locally with the Statesboro High-School CTAE Advisory committee and the Chamber of Commerce-Small Business Committee. 

I look forward to hearing from you all soon.

 Classes/Training we offer at OTC-Ogeechee Technical College

Our new lineup of hands-on certification preparation classes will include the:

  • A+ (CIST 1122 – Hardware Installation and Maintenance; should take 1401 & 2411)
  • Network+ (CIST 1401 – Networking Fundamentals; should take 1122 & 2411)
  • Security+ (CIST 1601 – Networking Fundamentals; should take 1122 & 1401)
  • MTA/MCTS – Windows 7 Microsoft class (CIST 2411 – Windows 7)
  • MCTS/MCITP – Windows Server Class (CIST 2412 – Windows Server)
  • MCTS/MCITP – Windows Infrastructure (CIST 2413 – Windows Infrastructure)

Links to Articles, etc…

Microsoft Articles and Certification Articles

http://www.docstoc.com/docs/43556966/Ogeechee-Technical-College (Microsoft Article on OTC-2009)

http://juno.ogeecheetech.edu/homepage/2008/Hand_Microsoft.html (Terry Hand, 2009)

http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/-/Ogeechee-Technical-College/Ogeechee-Technical-College-Integrates-Certification-Courses-in-Degree-Tracks-to-Turn-Out-New-Breed-of-IT-Pros/4000004491 (Microsoft Case Study, 2009)

Other random articles

http://juno.ogeecheetech.edu/homepage/2007/Lighthouse.html (Instructor of the Year – Hand 2009)

http://certification.comptia.org/getCertified/testimonials.aspx (Terry Hand Quote)

http://www.ogeecheetech.edu/index.php/radtech/714 (Terry Hand, SkillsUSA Team, 2012)

http://www.ogeecheetech.edu/index.php/radtech/166 (Leadership Bulloch Class 2010)

Terry Hand, MSCIS, MCSA, MCP, Security+, Network+, A+
Instructor, Computer Information Systems

One Joe Kennedy Blvd, Statesboro, GA 30458
Telephone: (912)  486-7785    Fax: (912)  688-6099
thand@ogeecheetech.edu      www.ogeecheetech.edu

Last updated: 3/8/2014

Department of Information Technology • P.O. Box 8150 • Statesboro, Georgia 30460 • (912) 478-4848