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FocusTech, SMSU to offer back-office type courses

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FocusTech, an information technologies consulting and training firm, and Southwest Missouri State University's Computer Institute have expanded their partnership to provide information technology training courses, said FocusTech President Paul Roberts in a news release. The expansion allows additional courses to be offered during the spring of 1999.

The new information technology spring courses include Visual Basic 5.0 Introduction, Administering Internet Information Server, Introduction to Java Programming, NT Core Technologies and Administration, NT Enterprise Technologies and TCP/IP.

The Visual Basic 5.0 class gives program terminology, offers a basis of the integrated development environment and teaches how to use forms to create professional user interfaces.

Administering Internet Information Server is designed to teach students the features of Internet Information Server, configure Web sites using Internet Service Manager, set up FTP sites, configure mail and news, and learn about Internet Information Server security features.

Introduction to Java Programming teaches the basics of programming, helps students learn object-oriented principles and terminology, familiarizes students with the Microsoft Visual J++ development environment and gives an overview of JavaScript.

NT Core Technologies and Administration gives an overview of the Windows NT architecture, teaches students how to create user accounts and groups, how to manage Windows NT file systems, and teaches domains and Windows NT security options.

NT Enterprise Technologies teaches students the system kernel debugger, how to configure network protocols and how to understand multiple protocol routing.

TCP/IP teaches the architecture of TCP/IP networks, how to configure Windows NT networks using TCP/IP, IP addressing and how to configure subnets, and covers Simple Network Management Protocol.

"Although our partnership began in the fall semester with two courses offered in August and September, our course schedule is greatly expanded in the spring," Roberts said in the release.

"Many people were traveling to Kansas City or St. Louis for this type of in-depth IT training. We're providing a lower-cost, closer-to-home option to allow current and future computer professionals to advance their careers and help their organizations get more from their systems," he added.

Paul Lines, program coordinator for the Computer Institute, said, "Prior to our partnership with FocusTech, SMSU's Computer Institute had primarily provided front-office type training on tools such as Microsoft Word and Excel. Adding the more technical back-office type courses for system administrators and IS professionals is a natural extension of our mission to the community."

Lines added, "We look for instructors who use the technologies they teach in the real world. The consulting staff from FocusTech provides our program with just such professionals."

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