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IT Students earn A+ Certification

WVJC IT Graduates

L-R: IT Instructor Brandon Hicks, Joshua “Shades” Taylor, Justin Goff, Justin Daggs, David LaLone, Taylor Swanson and IT Coordinator Tom Pinkerton

West Virginia Junior College – Charleston Campus is proud to announce its five newest A+ Certified IT students.

In the last six week term, students in the Information Technology program showed their determination and succeeded. The newest A+ Certified technicians are Joshua Taylor, Justin Goff, Justin Daggs, David LaLone and Taylor Swanson.  

When asked how the students prepared for their exams, IT Instructor, Brandon Hicks said he and IT program coordinator, Tom Pinkerton, took a different approach.

“Tom and I partnered with the class and gave at least one practice test each day. We also showed videos on the topics,” said Hicks.   

Ultimately, the success of each student depends on their personal drive for obtaining results and the hard work put in to achieve their set goals – which were evident with this class.

“We shared real life situations about the material so the students could relate,” stated Hicks.

“Every day we prepared them with practice tests and real situations,” explained Pinkerton.

The A+ Certification is the foundation for becoming an IT professional. Hicks explained it as an entry level foundation that says a person has skills working with PCs.

“It means these students have the same knowledge as any IT professional who has been working on computers,” Hicks elaborated.   

Normally, students take the first half of the exam during the end of Intro to Computer Hardware and the second half is completed at the end of Computer Topics. Justin Goff is proud to be an exception. Mr. Goff passed both sections of the exam after only six weeks of study.

Goff read the hefty A+ Certification book in just a week and a half. That was his personal goal. 

“He showed perseverance and is ahead of schedule,” Hicks said.

Both Hicks and Pinkerton stress one piece of advice for students preparing for the A+ Certification… Do not second guess yourself.