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Get a Skill Get a Job - Information Technology Fundamentals for IT Student Assistants

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Information Technology Fundamentals for IT Student Assistants

Course Description

This pilot course will provide participants with skills needed to work as an assistant to Senior Level Programmers with a variety of analytical and programming applications. Additionally, participants will learn the basics of development, enhancement, and maintenance as pertaining to IT areas within the context of but not limited to automated data, application systems and operating systems software, as well as network and client server environments.

The course also includes career readiness skills development training which will best prepare participants to enter the workforce. These skills address the basics of success in the workplace, from minimal expectations to broad guidelines for day-to-day interactions with others. Resume writing and interview skill practice are also included within this program.

Program modules:

  • Introduction to Programming in JAVA, 32 hours
  • SQL Concepts, 24 hours
  • Programming in VB.NET, 16 hours
  • Workplace Success Skills, 28 hours

Cost:  $700 *

Total Hours:  100 hours

Average Wage:  $12-$15 per hour


Training period is June 24 - July 25.


All classroom training will take place at the West Campus of Lansing Community College. Classrooms and labs will be identified as per each program module.

Target Audience

Participants must be currently enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution in an IT-related degree program.

Training and Requirements

Participants will sign a learning contract requiring full attendance and successful completion of assigned work. Successful participants will receive a certificate of completion from the Business & Community Institute at Lansing Community College.


The student must be familiar with object oriented programming and with basic programming concepts and have prior programming experience in at least one language (COBOL, Visual Basic, C, etc.). Experience in any query language and the Microsoft Windows editor (or TSO/ISPF in an IBM mainframe environment) is helpful as well.


Potential students will be required to take an assessment to determine sufficient prior knowledge to succeed in the VB.NET part of the program.


The general design of this program is to promote the IT Student Assistant into a full time position with the State of Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget.

Placed individuals are assured a 30-hour per week job as an IT Student Assistant along their career pathway as long as they are continuously enrolled in post-secondary education. The IT Student Assistant will work directly under a Senior Programmer.

Upon successful completion of a degree within their post-secondary education (Associates, Bachelors, or Masters), students will be placed into a full time position with the State of Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget.

Career Pathways

This can lead to a career pathway in several LCC programs, such as:

  • IT Programmer
  • IT Systems Analyst
  • Software Testing
  • Computer Science
  • Mobile Apps Developer

Estimated Program Timeline

Information Technology Fundamentals for IT Student Assistants

May 7, 2014

Application Open

May 21-June 5

Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an assessment on VB.NET (This is a 2-hour assessment and takes place at LCC West Campus.) All assessments must be completed June 6. Upon successful completion of the assessment, applicants will be scheduled for an interview.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Application Deadline

June 5, 2014

Applicant Notification for Interview Screening Panels

June 6 and 9, 2014

Interview Screening Panels Conducted

June 13, 2014

Notification of Acceptance into Program

June 20, 2014

Learning and Payment Contracts Due, Payment Due

June 24, 2014 (8:00am-5:00pm)

Training Begins. Training will take place 8:00am-5:00pm during the duration of the program.

July 25, 2014

Last Day of Class

For more information, contact LCC's Business & Community Institute at (517) 483-1857or

* Please Note: This initial pilot program is offered at a reduced rate. Financial assistance may be available for qualified applicants through the Capital Area Michigan Works!