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and offer more than 300 programs rang-ing from welding to business to health care to biotechnology. WTCS also has Advanced Technical Certificates in which some of the credits are advanced content beyond the associate degree level. At Wisconsin’s Gateway Technical College, there are numerous certificate options available in fields that range from CAD/CAM to hospitality to health care to business technology to transportation. Gateway also offers Advanced Techni-cal Certificates in computer animation, digital photography, financial planning, game programming, geothermal special-ist, multimedia, network security, tele-communications engineering, and urban farming, as well as an Oracle Advanced Technical Certificate. Fox Valley Technical College is one of the Wisconsin schools that partner with the Cisco Networking Academy to provide students the opportunity to pre-pare for the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) exam. The Milwaukee Area Technical College offers the Cisco Internetworking Certificate, which in -cludes four courses that prepare students for the CCNA exam. In the CompTIA Certified IT Profes -sional Certificate Program at Waukesha County Technical College, students will gain the skills required to pass CompTIA certifications for A+, Server+, Network+, and Security+. The college notes that as a VUE/Pearson testing center and a Comp-TIA member, it is able to provide testing at a discounted rate. Graduates of Wisconsin’s technical colleges have gone on to careers in engi-neering and sustainability, and according to WTCS, as the workplace changes, its programs change to offer the greatest potential for career growth. As a result, even in a down economy, 86 percent of its graduates have jobs within six months of graduation. In today’s economy, it’s important to note that career and technical educa-tion, beginning in secondary programs and continuing through community and technical colleges, is giving students the skills they need for the global workplace or for continuing their educations. It is also providing them with the credentials that prove their value to employers and to the future of our nation. Take Your Students To A Higher Level explore More For more information about the credentialing organizations discussed in this article, here are some Web sites to visit. American Welding Society Autodesk Automotive Service Excellence Automotive Youth Educational Systems Cisco Systems, Inc. CompTIA Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation Home Builders Institute Mastercam National Center for Construction Education and Research NOCTI Oracle SkillsUSA Our materials focus on the technical skills that are necessary for students to achieve a high level of performance in the skilled trades. Instructional resources are available that provide a wealth of content information and curriculum fl exibility. Choose the quality that many professionals in the fi eld, and in the classroom, have known for decades... ATP! VISIT US AT THE ACTE CAREER EXPO IN ST. LOUIS BOOTH #416 Visit our Booth Susan Reese is a Techniques contributing writer. She can be contacted at Interested in exploring this topic further? Discuss it with your colleagues on the ACTE forums at www. . #416 Scan here to visit our web site N ovember/december 2011 Techniques 25

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