Information Technology

Central Piedmont's Computer Technology Institute helps professionals stay current with technology trends and acquire skills to move their careers forward.  Technology skill enhancement is aligned with jobs in demand to offer courses and certificates in the following major areas:

AutoCAD

AutoCAD is the most popular CADD software with the highest overall job-market demand. AutoCAD drafting professionals hold a range of job titles, including, engineer, drafter, estimator, designer, modeler, architect and illustrator.  For details about AutoCAD certificates, visit the Information Technology web page.

  • AutoCAD Certificate - Designed for professionals who wish to transition into or advance in their roles as drafters/designers. Whether the project is remodeling, landscaping, building, or designing, AutoCAD brings ideas to life.
  • Revit Architecture Certificate - Designed for architects who wish to transition into, or advance, building information software skills by using tools to create intelligent 3D models of building, which can then be used to produce construction documentation

Basic Computer Skills

Beginner or introductory classes help boost confidence and can jump-start your career. Small class sizes allow the instructor to spend quality time ensuring your success.

  • Introduction to Computers and Keyboarding - Designed for person who is new to computers. You will learn how to get started with Windows 10 and manage your files in a non-threatening environment, while mastering computer typing.
  • Microsoft Office Bootcamp -  Designed for professionals who may be re-entering the job market and need updated Microsoft Office skills for increased productivity and to prepare for greater responsibility. 

Data Analytics

Demand for data analysts and data scientists is skyrocketing. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 11.5 million new data job openings will be available by 2026. The Computer Technology Institute certificate path prepares participants with the skills required for these in-demand jobs. Each course and certificate builds upon the previous one and provides opportunity to continue developing data skills for those who want to advance their careers.  For details on Data certificates, visit the Information Technology Web page.

  • Excel Specialist Certificate - Designed as the first level of analytics working with data manipulation, statistics, and visualization; This certificate aligns with Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) industry certification.
  • Data Analytics with SQL Server Certificate - Designed to expand analytic skills from worksheets and data manipulation into relational databases, statistics, and SQL
  • Data Visualization Certificate -  Designed to expand analytic skills and to tell a story with data from worksheets and data manipulation into relational databases, statistics, and Power BI

IT Infrastructure Support

The breadth of skills used in different IT infrastructure jobs and increased demand for support services means greater the average opportunity this field. Titles in demand include Computer Support Specialist, Network and Computer Systems Administrators, Computer Network Architects, Network Engineers, and Information Technology Specialist, and IT Managers.

  • CompTIA A+ - Designed for professionals entering an IT career and those wanting to distinguish themselves as experts in endpoint management and technical support roles.
  • CompTIA Network+ - Designed for professionals who have completed A+ and/or have worked in a support/help desk role. Network+ will help you develop or advance into a career in IT Infrastructure by learning troubleshooting, configuring, and managing networks.
  • CompTIA Linux+ - Designed for professionals who have completed A+ and/or have worked in a support/help desk role. Linux+ will help you develop or advance into a career in IT Infrastructure by learning troubleshooting, configuring, and managing networks.
  • CompTIA Securty+ - Designed for professionals who are interested in a career in cybersecurity. Security+ establishes the core knowledge required of any cybersecurity role and provides a springboard to intermediate-level cybersecurity jobs.

Programming and Web Development

Visit the Information Technology Web page of the Corporate and Continuing Education website for more detail on workforce information technology development, or call 704.330.4276.

For employers, the Corporate Learning Center offers group training or assists in sponsoring staff in publicly offered sessions. Learn more by calling 704.330.4660.

To earn college credit toward an associate degree, certificate, diploma, or for transfer to another institution, use the Central Piedmont Program Finder to explore program options.

Courses

CAD 7006. Basic Blueprint Reading for Cad. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Achieve competence in reading and interpreting industrial drawings. Learn the basic principles, concepts, ANSI and SI Metric drafting symbols and standards, terminology, and other related technical information contained on a CAD drawing. This course is required for the AutoCAD certificate.

CAD 7007. AutoCAD Advanced. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Learn advanced techniques and greater proficiency in your use of AutoCAD Software. Recognize the best tool for the task, the best way to use that tool and how to create new tools to accomplish tasks more efficiently. This course is required for the AutoCAD Certificate.

CAD 7009. Autocad Basic User Certificate. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Be a part of the growing AutoCAD industry and the increased demand for drafting services.

CAD 7012. AutoCAD Basic. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

AutoCAD is a computer-aided design software program used in many industries, including architecture, engineering, construction and interior design. Increase your marketability and productivity in manufacturing and design, replacing the need for manual drawings. Create 2D drawings using visualization and technical documentation. This course is required for the AutoCAD certificate.

CAD 7014. AutoCAD 3D Drawing and Modeling. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides a thorough grounding in 3D fundamentals and explores the main features of AutoCAD's advanced 3D workspace. This class covers such topics as 3D viewing techniques, working with 3D coordinates, 2D objects in 3D space, creating and modifying 3D solids, and rendering the model.

CAD 7103. AutoCAD Advanced. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Learn advanced techniques and greater proficiency in your use of AutoCAD software. Recognize the best tool for the task, the best way to use that tool and how to create new tools to accomplish tasks more efficiently. This course is required for the AutoCAD certificate.

CAD 7104. AutoCAD 3D Drawing and Modeling. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed for users who have a good working skill level in the AutoCAD software and proficient with the 2D commands. Expand your knowledge in the fundamentals of 3D and explore the main features of the advanced 3D modeling work space. This course is required for the AutoCAD certificate.

CAD 7109. AutoCAD Architecture Basic User Certificate. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Be a part of the growing AutoCAD industry in the field of architecture, which includes the areas of interior design, digital media and landscape design.

CAD 7110. AutoCAD Architecture. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

AutoCAD Architecture is a course designed specifically for architects and gives them the tools for architectural drawings and design. Students gain the benefit of automation of tedious drafting tasks, better coordination with other design professionals and the flexibility of working in the familiar AutoCAD environment. The user interface for AutoCAD Architecture will be familiar to AutoCAD users with features and improvements designed specifically for architects.

CAD 7201. Revit Architecture Certificate. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

The Autodesk Revit software is a powerful Building Information Modeling (BIM) program that works the way architects think. Learn the design process through the use of a central 3D model, where changes made in one view update across all views and on the printable sheets. An understanding of architectural terminology is an asset.