January 16, 2004

Free Database Specialist Training Begins Feb. 2

Grossmont College Program Prepares Workers for New Careers

El Cajon — Are you interested in a computing career? Are you creative yet detail-oriented? Do you work well with others and alone? If so, you may be a candidate for the free Database Specialist training program offered by Grossmont College’s Computer Training Center (CTC) located in El Cajon.

Databases are the lifeblood of an organization and are used to track customers, employees, inventory, and other vital entities. A Database Specialist interviews managers and workers to determine their data requirements. Based on that information, the DBS designs a database to organize that data for quick, efficient entry and retrieval.

“When I started the program, I had a very limited knowledge of databases,” said Patti Jones, a former medical claims processor. “In just four months, I gained the skills I needed to compete in the job market—at no cost to me!”

“It’s the job of my dreams!” exclaimed Holly Thompson, a 20-year grocery-store veteran, who parlayed her internship with a prominent high-tech firm into a full-time position.

Larry Gregory, a former steel and equipment fabricator, so impressed his internship employer that he was hired to continue working on the database he had designed. How about you? You may be eligible for this free training if:

 You have been or will be laid off from your job.

 You are receiving, are eligible to receive, or have exhausted unemployment insurance.

 Your spouse’s military transfer left you without a job.

 You have become the sole breadwinner for your household because of divorce or non-support.

Free items and services include tuition, textbooks, parking/bus passes, computer supplies, personal and career counseling, support services, tutoring, résumé preparation and job placement assistance. Funding is provided by the San Diego Workforce Partnership, through the Federal Workforce Investment Act.

The next program begins Monday, February 2 and continues through June 2004. Participants will receive nearly 350 hours of training and 20 transferable units that may be applied towards a college degree. Classes are followed by a 120-hour internship with a supportive employer before participants pursuing your opportunities in the job market.

Although this program assumes you have little or no previous experience, it helps to have an aptitude for and desire to learn computing skills. If you’re excited about the possibilities of a lucrative computer career, Grossmont College invites you to take advantage of this opportunity for free job training and support.

For questions or to enroll, contact Malissa Kemp at 619-644-7608 or malissa.kemp@gcccd.net. For program details, please visit: www.gross mont.edu/ctc/dbtrack.asp.

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