TJC students building computers to donate to area nonprofits

TYLER (KYTX) - Students in TJC's A+ Certification Preparation program are preparing for careers in information technology by building computers that will be donated to Smith County nonprofit groups.

The program is a partnership between TJC and Workforce Solutions East Texas.

The students are three weeks into the intensive, four-week program comprised of 120 hours of classroom instruction and 60 hours of hands-on training in a computer lab.

"In addition to an overview of information technology, fundamentals of computer operations, assembly and configuration of computer components, and team building, the students also receive extensive training in job readiness and writing skills.

Students will practice mock job interviews assisted by Suddenlink Communications and Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics.

Smith County non-profit organizations interested in applying to receive up to two free computers may contact Gina Anderson by email at or at the Nonprofit Development Center, 4000 Southpark Dr., Tyler, TX 75703.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6.

At the conclusion of the program, students will receive their certificates of completion and meet representatives of the nonprofit groups who will be awarded the computers.

The ceremony will be held 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, in Room 102 of the Pirtle Technology building on the TJC main campus


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