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Bladen and Columbus residents are being trained in Computer Networking through the George Henry White Memorial Health and Education Center, opening career and financial opportunities in the increasingly valued work of IT (Information Technology.)

The program is a partnership between CISCO Networking Academy and the George Henry White Center. It is a 20-module program, part of which the students will do on their own, in the "self-paced" system, but with the instruction provided by 20-year IT professional Keith Jacobs (US Army Captain, Ret.).

The training will require working on one's own laptop, as much of the lessons and tutorials may happen off-site. In-person sessions will be conducted at the Center. The instructional classes take place on Saturdays for eight weeks, three hours per session. The program is the first step in certification for the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) which can lead to several IT career pathways.

"The students were so excited because this opportunity is rare in this area," said Keith Jacobs. "This can open the door to well-paying jobs in system security, hardware, software and more

. IT professionals will only be in greater demand, and gaining this training--which we are able to provide for free, thanks to CISCO, can really launch someone's career."

Although the course has begun, highly motivated students may be accepted if they contact Mr. Jacobs by email, and can catch up with the class. (

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