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April 22, 2009 – Collin College’s Continuing Education will offer a Common Business-Oriented Language (COBOL) class during the May-August summer semester at the Courtyard Center for Professional and Economic Development, 4800 Preston Park Blvd., in Plano.

Learn more about this class and other mainframe classes by attending the free Mainframe Open House session from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 9 at the Courtyard Center. Register by calling 972.985.3711, specifying Course Number 74795.

COBOL is a mainframe computer programming language used by most Fortune 1000 companies. When you use a credit card, get cash from an ATM, check a flight schedule, pay taxes, renew a driver’s license or buy something on the Internet, you are interacting with a COBOL program running on a mainframe computer.

Demand for workers with mainframe skills increases as the current workforce ages and many retire. Mainframe classes offered by Continuing Education include Introduction to Mainframe Computing I and II, Mainframe Hardware and Operating System, and Mainframe Subsystems and Middleware, designed to prepare students for the IBM System Programmer Mastery test.

For more information, contact John Byers, Collin College’s Continuing Education computers and technology program director, at or call 972.985.3753.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.