Medtro Tech Expands Computer Training

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One of the biggest problems facing business and employees today is sitting right on your desk _ the personal computer.

A computer no longer is just a calculating machine and electronic filing cabinet. Instead, it has grown into a major, perhaps the major, communications tool in any office as well as an advertising medium and the new wave of doing business.

That's the problem! There are too many uses for the ubiquitious computer, with too little instruction.

While it seems easy enough to just dial up or log on to a computer bulletin board and network, there's a lot more to it than that.

Because of this, Metro Tech Vocational-Technical Education Centers has enlarged its business computer training efforts and moved from downtown Oklahoma City to Western Plaza, 5500 N. Western Ave.

Primary purpose behind the growth-oriented move is to offer courses on what could be termed "Surfing the Internet," or how to get the best use out of computerized and digitized communication systems, including electronic bulletin boards and computer networks.

"When we decided to expand our offerings, we purchased a bank (of 12) new Pentium-based computers which we can connect to satellite and other network systems to help business people and employees learn how to use this technology," said Dr. Gary Moon, Metro Tech's director of adult and continuing education. "We have received a lot of calls from business, wanting to know if we offered something like this, some way they could take advantage of the new technology and improve their operations.

"At the same time, the (computer) industry is continually coming out with new technology, which means that business is even farther behind.

"I don't know which is driving it (the need for the expanded offerings), business desires to keep up or the high growth in new technology. But we're offering it to help as many of our Oklahoma City clients as we can.

"It used to be that `computer literate' meant that you could run DOS (computer operating system) and a few software programs. Now, computer literacy means knowing a whole lot more. As people learned to use the system, the systems changed and people had to learn more.

"That's why they are asking for courses like these. Business just doesn't know where to turn to find all the information that's available."

When the decision was made to expand offerings, it was clear that a new location was necessary, Moon said. The institution had operated a downtown center at 101 Park Ave., offering type-specific software and computer courses, about two years. …

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