- West County Center
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The Computer Education & Training Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis offers computer training courses that provide students the computer skills necessary to meet current and future technological challenges in the workplace.
Classes cover a wide range of topics to meet a variety of skill levels and interests, while new courses are developed that address specific educational needs in the community.
Introductory courses are geared to those students requiring basic knowledge, while intermediate and advanced courses in the most current hardware and software technology are offered to students with more specialized needs. Course offerings are diverse. For example, we offer several levels of courses on spreadsheets, covering topics such as charts, pivottables, spreadsheet design, and macros. Courses are also presented on database management, Microsoft Office, web design, web development, digital publishing, and programming.
To help you as you explore a new career, update your current computer knowledge, or demonstrate your skills to current or future employers, we offer 10 Specialized Chancellor's Certificates. These programs give you the technical knowledge, skills, and experience that will increase your value to your organization and enhance your professional development.
For a complete course listing, access our on-line class schedule through the table of contents. To request a printed course catalog, call our registration office at (314) 984-9000, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or use our on-line form.
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Our West County Center
The Computer Education & Training Center (CETC) is in the new West County Continuing Education Center, conveniently located near the intersection of Interstate 270 and Manchester Road just south of Highway 40. The building has been extensively renovated to offer an exceptional learning environment. The design incorporates the latest classroom innovations with student amenities that foster the learning process.
The Center features new classrooms designed for effective computer training, updated audiovisual equipment, flexible room layouts, and a centralized student area that includes a student break room, kitchen, and lounge seating. All facilities are on the first floor, providing easy access to parking, the check-in area, classes, and registration staff.
Although the skills we teach may be technical, our focus has always been creating the best personal experience for the individual learner. Renovating this building has given us the opportunity to pursue that goal through the creation of a customer-oriented training facility.
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The exceptionally high technical proficiency and presentation skills of the teaching staff are two factors that make the Computer Education & Training Center unique. Many of the faculty are computer professionals who have refined their knowledge and skills in the real-world work environment. Instructors are chosen not only for the breadth and depth of their technical knowledge and experience, but also for their ability to clearly communicate technical information and assist students to understand and apply it.
Lloyd Abernathy has more than 18 years' experience as a software development engineer. He received his Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from DeVry Institute of Technology. Lloyd's background includes third and fourth generation languages, and web design scripting languages. Lloyd has worked as a developer for Southwestern Bell, State Farm Insurance, and as an independent consultant for several large companies. Lloyd currently owns and operates an E-commerce business, and serves as a leadership consultant.
Jodi Andersen has a background in hospital management and public relations. She has authored corporate technical writing materials, training manuals, newspaper articles, and has contributed to two published books. Jodi relies on her background in technical writing to bring clarity to her instruction. Her concern for her students comes through in her patience in the classroom. Jodi's experience includes applications in graphics, illustration, and web architecture and construction, along with popular Microsoft Office products. She has a B.S. in Public Relations from Missouri State University.
Geoffrey Fry brings over a decade of experience working with design software to the classroom. As an instructor, he draws on his work as a freelance designer to explain real-world applications of course topics. His areas of expertise include print design, Web design, logo design, and illustration. He holds a B.F.A. with an emphasis in Graphic Design from Webster University.
Nancy Haupt brings practical experience and a strong desire for her students' success to a variety of courses at the Computer Education & Training Center. Before joining the Program, Nancy taught business and technology classes at Computer City, Patricia Stevens College, and Kirkwood High School. She has designed Web sites, provided support for product installation and training, and has held positions at Southwestern Bell and Trans World Airlines. She received a B.S. from Missouri State University and an M.A. in educational technology from Webster University.
Scott Hudson prides himself in being a "jack of all trades", as his technology background includes a wide variety of software, hardware, and networking skills. His experience as a youth director, public and private school teacher, tour guide and curriculum writer for the St. Louis Cardinals, musician, and coach makes for a well rounded instructor. Relating to people is one of Scott's biggest strengths. His 16 years as an educator helped him develop skills in teaching math, computers and technology, and the humanities. Scott earned his B. S. in Elementary Education from Illinois State University and an M. Ed. in Instructional Technology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Cezary Janikow is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His interests include evolutionary computation, artificial intelligence, fuzzy representation, and software engineering. He has consulted for the U.S. Navy and NASA, doing both basic research and software design/development in C and C++. Cezary is the author of three public domain software packages, one supported by NASA/Johnson Space Center and another by the National Science Foundation. He has a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and an M.A. and B.A. in computer science from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
Dick Koerper weaves humor and practical examples into his classes. With more than 20 years of experience in the computer field, he has worked with operating systems since the '70s. For eight years, Dick provided a variety of computer-related services at the Beverly Farms Foundation for developmentally challenged individuals. He conducted computer training classes for staff, did troubleshooting, and refitted computers with adaptive equipment to make them accessible to the physically challenged. Dick's areas of expertise include operating systems (Macintosh, Windows), graphics, Web page design, the Internet, spreadsheets, and databases. He seems to have a knack for translating technical concepts into clear language and putting it all into a real-life context. Dick is a member of NAPP (National Association of PhotoShop Professionals) and has a B.A. in education from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
Julia Otto has worked as a free-lance training consultant since 1988. Her consulting experience includes corporate training and course development. Julia's application experience includes spreadsheets, databases, and the web. While she has a special talent for helping beginning students feel at ease, Julia brings in-depth knowledge and high energy that challenges more advanced students as well. Building on her practical business knowledge gained at AT&T and Southwestern Bell, Julia blends real-life examples into her teaching. She holds a B.A. in finance from the University of Illinois.
Frank Richey has been teaching for the Computer Education & Training Center since 1992. He teaches a wide range of classes, from introductory to technical. Frank began his training career as a sales manager at Cubic Systems, where he taught new sales staff and clients business software applications. Later, as owner of his own company, he developed databases for small businesses and trained users. His experience as a business owner has given him a first-hand awareness of the needs of businesses today. His specialties are Access, Windows XP, Vista, Windows 2003, and SQL Server. He holds a B.S. in psychology and marketing from Southwest Missouri State University.
Our goal is the success of each student who comes to our classes, whether that success is measured in terms of new skills, enhanced employability, or career advancement. Students have always been the focal point of the Computer Education & Training Center. Everything about the center - from the diversity of course offerings and flexibility of class schedules to the communication skills of staff instructors - is designed with the welfare of students in mind.
The curriculum is continually updated in response to user needs and technological advances. Class content is planned and developed by the instruction staff based on their analyses of students needs. Program are not canned; rather, they are created and refined by the teaching staff as a result of student feedback and the instructors experiences in real-life work environments.
The concentrated format of course offerings is also a benefit to students. Since many of the individuals who attend courses are working adults, time is at a premium. By condensing course content into a series of one-day classes that present beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, the Program gives students in-depth instruction within a short period of time. When they leave the classroom, students are ready to perform practical applications of the course material they have just learned.
Instructors update their technological knowledge as well as their communication and presentation skills. Many of the faculty are computer professionals who have refined their knowledge and skills in the real-world work environment. Instructors are chosen not only for the breadth and depth of their technical knowledge and experience, but also for their ability to clearly communicate technical information and assist beginning and advanced students to understand and apply it.
Our mission is to serve the lifelong learning needs of the community and promote its growth by providing quality computer education.
Our Core Values
- Students are the ultimate judge of quality.
- Learning to effectively use computers is a life-long process that improves productivity, expands potential, and contributes to economic development and personal growth. We want students to leave our classes confident and with optimism, since learning does not end once they leave the classroom.
- Well-equipped classroom environments that are comfortable, professional, and supportive of different learning styles enhance the learning process.
- Learning is enhanced through hands-on examples and exercises and not just by teaching keystrokes.
Our Board Members
The Program Advisory Board is made up of customers and representatives from area organizations. The board provides a forum for valuable feedback on how well we in the Program are achieving our mission of serving the lifelong learning needs of the community and promoting its growth by providing quality computer education. The purpose of the board is twofold: to formulate strategic directions and to provide input on new initiatives.
Meet our Board Members
- Drew Acree, Managing Member, Chameleon Integrated Services
- Drew leads Business Development initiatives for IT operational and technical support contracts for businesses, healthcare, federal & state government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. His experience and responsibilities span IT consulting practices, System Integration efforts, and Managed Project solutions.
- Frank Alaniz, Career Center Supervisor, Missouri Career Center
- Frank is the Workforce Development representative for state and community initiatives in the development of training, educational, and career counseling services. He also serves as a project manager for web-based case management programs, and client and business related tools. As an instructor he teaches web-based applications, as well as productivity and career counseling applications.
- John Barenkamp, Director of Technical Services, BJC HealthCare
- John manages several operations including BJC's Customer Support Center and the Data Center as well as Storage Management, Server Administration, Database Administration, and Messaging Services. John is involved in projects ranging from IT strategic planning to Web site development to patient care initiatives.
- Christine Cento, Change & Release Manager, Scottrade, Inc.
- Christine provides oversight and direction for her team that manages changes to many of Scottrade's production applications. Her responsibilities include managing application changes that affect production environments, implementing processes, and developing team leadership roles and project management skills. Christine has over 15 years of IT experience in both management and technical arenas.
- Chaney Disselhorst, CFA Marketing Web IT Lead, Monsanto Company
- Chaney is responsible for aligning Monsanto's U.S. based internal and external marketing communication Web sites with the business objectives and priorities of the U.S. Seeds and Traits business, while developing new capabilities.
- Melissa Hattman, Director, Community College Relations, University of Missouri-St. Louis
- Melissa has 20 years of experience in recruitment and admissions and recently joined Continuing Education. In her current position she provides oversight for all off-campus sites and continues to serve as the articulation officer for the university developing credit transfer agreements with two-year institutions, and acting as ombudsperson for students. She serves as a liaison between UMSL and MO/IL community colleges and created the Corporate and Industrial Outreach Recruitment program at the university.
- Joseph Heil, Divisional Vice President, Applications Development Group, Lord & Taylor IT Center
- Joseph leads teams that develop systems for all aspects of the American and Canadian retail organization including Point of Sale, Revenue, E-commerce, Finance Systems, Merchant Systems, Supply Chain, Inventory Control, and Store Staffing. Prior to joining Lord & Taylor, Joseph worked at May Department Stores.
- Bruce Hoskins, Marketing Consultant, St. Louis Business Journal
- Bruce helps clients develop marketing strategies in areas such as display advertising, customized editorial, business development seminars & events, and sponsorships. Prior to joining the St. Louis Business Journal, Bruce worked with the St. Louis County Economic Council. He has more than 20 years of diverse corporate marketing, management, and public relations experience.
- Stephanie Meyer, Sr. Manager, IT Professional Development, Enterprise Holdings Global IT
- Stephanie leads the career development, performance management, mentoring, and coaching of nearly 1300 IT professionals. The IT team is responsible for identification, development, and management of technical and professional learning delivery for the EHI IT community. Stephanie oversees the strategic vision and related goals, objectives, processes, and resources to support IT.
- Linda Neiter, Supervisor, Computer Training Services, Ameren Services
- Linda directs the design, scheduling, and delivery of Ameren Corporation's computer application training programs and assures the quality of the instruction offered. Her responsibilities include developing the training strategy, forecasting needs, managing contractor and vendor training, and supervising all activities related to training administration.
- Rita Long, IT Strategic Planning, Express Scripts, Inc.
- Rita oversees various strategic planning projects throughout Express Scripts' Operations and IT organizations. In addition she is the Express Scripts (ESI) liaison for the ESI and University of Missouri-St. Louis partnership.
- Julie Thomas, Manager Corporate Training, Brown Shoe Company
- Julie's team coordinates, designs, develops, and facilitates technical and management development training for Brown Shoe Company.