Computer networking program opens new Apple computer lab

applelabThe Computer Networking Program has added a brand new Apple computer lab. The 20-station lab will be used in many of the computer networking technology courses, but will be specifically used in their mobile application development course.

"It is so exciting to offer Computer Networking students training in the new Apple Lab on the Wesson Campus," said Vice President of Instruction Dr. Jane Hulon. "This new, sleek lab allows our students to experience computing with the most up-to-date technology available."

The lab was made possible by funds through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program. Co-Lin was one of nine community and technical colleges in Mississippi and Louisiana to receive a $14,710,837 award. Co-Lin's received $886,965 to implement the Retraining the Gulf Coast Workforce through Information and Industrial Technology (IT) Pathways, which is a new, state-of-the art program aimed to assist displaced and unemployed workers as well as students without a high school diploma to complete a college credential, certificate, or degree.

"The new iMac lab gives us the opportunity to expose our students to the Mac operating system," said Computer Information Systems Technology Instructor Rhonda Posey. "It will also allow us to offer a new course in the spring semester, Mobile Application Development, where students will create apps for the iPhone and the iPad."

The major goal of the grant is to provide students with a credential to enter the workforce, but students will also have the opportunity to continue their education at four-year colleges and universities.

Partnering colleges include Meridian Community College, Northeast Mississippi Community College, Pearl River Community College, Mississippi Delta Community College, Bossier Parish Community College, Delgado Community College, Northeast Louisiana Technical College, and South Louisiana Community College.

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