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Continuing Education Offers Latest In Technology Training

Continuing Education Offers Latest In Technology Training

August 15, 2003 - This fall, the Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division will be offering a whole new slate of computer classes to better prepare students for various industry certifications and to help serve their specialized interests. Some of the new offerings include Oracle, Microsoft and Linux preparation classes to help students get ready for those certifications, and Microsoft DirectX video game programming classes will serve the rapidly expanding multimedia market.

There is a definite reason why summer movies like "The Hulk" look more and more like video games. In terms of dollars, the gaming industry is now larger than the movie industry and, unlike that quaint 20th century pastime, is growing at a phenomenal rate. Many young fans who grew up with Nintendo and GameCubes enjoy some measure of interactivity with their storytelling. The two new gaming classes at CCCCD include "Game Theory" and "Game Programming with DirectX."

According to Microsoft, "DirectX is an advanced suite of multimedia APIs built into Microsoft Windows® operating systems [that] provide... access to specialized hardware features without having to write hardware-specific code." Application Program Interfaces (APIs), like DirectX, are programming quasi-languages which can accesses operating system and lower-level utilities without the calling conventions of compiled languages. DirectX debuted in 1995 and quickly became the standard for multimedia application development on Windows platforms.

"Game Theory" takes you into the mind of the game developer to learn strategy, planning, logic and how it is used to create some of the most popular computer games on the market today, like "Dark Age of Camelot," "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon" and "Medal of Honor Allied Assault." The class runs Tuesdays 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. over four sessions from Oct. 14 - Nov. 4 at the college's Courtyard Center site, 4800 Preston Park Boulevard, in southwest Plano.

And there are more exciting classes, certainly something for everyone. For systems administrators seeking fast-track career advancement, there is an "MCSA Server 2003 Day Package" that prepares students for all four exams in just one day; for graphic artists, there is "Adobe InDesign for Mac," taught in a 20-station Mac G4 lab, all with dual 1-Ghz processors; for home users setting up their own wireless LANs, there is "Configuring Wireless Home Networks"; and for database administrators, there is an "Oracle 9i DBA Package," cert-prep training taught in a new Sun lab with Blade 150 workstations running Solaris O.S.

Check out these and other courses online at Registration is as easy as clicking a mouse. For more details on any of these classes, contact Natalie Greenwell at 972-985-3753.