New Online Certificate, Degree Programs Launched

Students can go online and earn certificate, associate and bachelors degrees in information technology through the University of Tennessee, Nashville State Technical Institute, Pellissippi State Technical Community College and Roane State Community College.

Dr. Robert Leiter, UT’s dean of university outreach and continuing education, said the eLearnIT program offers online certificates in technical writing and web page authoring through Nashville State Tech.
Certificate course credit may be applied towards associate degrees through Roane State and Pellissippi State and the Bachelor of University Studies, or BUS, online degree at the University of Tennessee at Martin, Leiter said.

“The eLearnIT credit certificate programs equip students with practical and marketable skills while simplifying their transition into online associate and bachelor degree programs,” Leiter said. “The pathway options let students decide how best to use the courses toward individual career goals.”

Leiter said the certificate courses for degree credit begin this fall. UT already offers non-credit certificates in information technology, he said.

Enrollment in associate degree programs is set to begin fall 2002 once approved by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Bachelors degree courses are scheduled for fall 2003.

“The eLearnIT program is designed to provide an efficient educational option for lifelong learners,” said Sydney Rogers, Nashville State Technical Institute vice president for community and economic development. “It is tailored to meet the needs of individuals who need access to programs any time and any place.”

Leiter and Rogers lead a team that secured a $1.3 million Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnership (LAAP) grant for eLearnIT through the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education.

For details on eLearnIT go to www.elearnit.org or call its coordinator, Michael Broyles, at (865)974-2179.