Puget Sound Skills Center Now Offering Online Classes

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Burien’s own Puget Sound Skills Center announced Monday (Oct. 19th) that it is now offering online classes in the hopes of better serving students who want to gain skills for the growing information technology job market.

The IT market is consistently listed in the top three sectors for future job growth.

Students who enroll can earn college credits as well as qualify for nationally recognized industry certifications.

“This is an exciting step for our school,” said Skills Center Director Sue Shields. ‘The online option for information technology opens opportunities for students who have previously not been able to take advantage of all that PSSC has to offer.  Scheduling conflicts simply disappear when a student is able to participate in the program on their own time.”

Computer Network Systems (CNS) instructor Jim McMurchie added: “Distance-learning courses can be completed by students with a relatively current computer and internet access.  All software required is provided by the school.”  He went on to say, “The best part is that PSSC is part of the public school system so, these courses are offered to students at no charge.”

Examples of courses that will be offered online include:

  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Cisco Networking and Microsoft IT Academies
  • Basic computer hardware and software
  • Basic networks

A student can elect to complete the course entirely online or in a blended-learning format which involves doing the majority of the coursework online wtih a limited number of sessions at PSSC for hands-on labs and review.

This Computer Network Systems program is the latest addition to PSSC’s online offerings.  Other programs include:

  • Digital Media Production
  • Engineering Design
  • Leadership and Management in Business

Interested students should contact the Skills Center at 206-631-7300 or at their webiste: www.pugetsoundsc.org.

Puget Sound Skills Center is located at 18010 8th Avenue South in Burien, and it serves students from Highline and Federal Way Public Schools, Fife, Tahoma, and Tukwila School Districts and is hosted by Highline Public Schools.

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