May 12, 2005
Whether you are driving in your car, microwaving popcorn or listening to your MP3, computers have become firmly knitted into the fabric of everyday life. Technology is everywhere and has heightened the need for people with computer-related skills in the workforce.

To help sort out how to go about obtaining such skills, HACC's Lancaster Campus hosts a Tech Night beginning at 5 p.m. Monday, May 16, in the community room of the Main Building.

The event is designed for college-bound high school seniors and working adults interested in exploring career options in the world of Information Technology.

Web and IT professionals from the Jay Group marketing firm, soft pretzel manufacturer and franchisee Auntie Anne's, and the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce will present a panel discussion at 6 p.m.

Computer skills are more important every day in nearly every field, said Carl Petersheim, assistant professor of Web programming and computer information systems.

"Even if you aren't interested in changing careers, enhancing your computer skills - or keeping your certifications up to date - is just a smart idea to keep pace with the rapid changes in technology", Petersheim said. "Women, a generally under-represented group in this field, are discovering that the computer industry is a ticket to a well-paying job".

Petersheim said HACC also offers a new certificate program in cyber security designed to train "white hat hackers" how to protect Web sites and computer networks from saboteurs while defending against spam, Trojan horses and viruses.

HACC's Tech Night also features faculty-led breakout sessions at 7 p.m. that will enable visitors to get a firsthand look at computer labs and facilities.

HACC offers degree and industry certifications in computer information systems, computer science and Web programming.

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