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CIT Offers New Classes in Summer Session

Registration is now open for the summer 2002 term of computer classes in the CIT Training Program. New courses are available, and many favorites are returning. As always, NIH'ers may attend classes free of charge. Up-to-date training will help you make effective use of computing, networking and information systems on the job.

New classes have been added in response to student requests. In addition to the current class on the dial-up Parachute service, a new class, "Life After Parachute — Cable Modems and DSL," will now look at options and configurations for using broadband methods to access the NIH intranet. After a series in "XML Basics," students asked for more advanced topics. "Hands-on XML Schemas" will be offered in a 6-day course through July and August 2002. Finally, the popular "mAdb Basic Informatics" will be joined by an intermediate course.

For those with web interest, there are a number of new courses. Seekers of employee and scientific information should enjoy "Introduction to NIH Information Resources on the Web." People who need to create web content can attend "Writing for the Web," a brief seminar that will examine some differences between writing for the web and writing for print media.

There are also options for people making decisions about web services. Anyone who has contemplated deploying Content Management Server (CMS) should attend the class taught jointly by CIT and Microsoft. This class will look at the technical aspects of CMS as well as the specifics of how it is being used at NIH. Finally, "Competing Visions of Web Services in J2EE and .Net" will examine the Sun and Microsoft approaches to these products.

Apple Computer will present three topics: "Presentations: From PowerPoint to DVD" will demonstrate how to combine a PowerPoint presentation with video and audio tracks to create a DVD movie. Next, "Porting Unix Applications to OS X" will discuss how to use your Macintosh as a Unix environment. Finally, "Interoperability: Mac OS X, Windows, and Unix" will look at using a Mac in the type of multi-platform environment common at NIH.

Other new courses include "Understanding the Grants Process," "Introduction to Java Programming," and a variety of classes on the new EHRP (Enterprise Human Resources and Payroll) system. Also, CIT is still working on bringing courses on both the SPSS and S-Plus statistical packages.

Looking to the fall 2002 term, the training program is preparing for the CIT move to 10401 Fernwood (near the Rockledge buildings). CIT will keep two of its three on-campus classrooms and gain two classrooms in the new Fernwood facility.

The training staff, while primarily based at Fernwood, will have on-campus office space and spend time in both places. Scientific classes will stay on-campus while others will vary, depending on the location of the majority of those interested in the topic. There will be ample free parking at the new location.

Read course descriptions and register online at or call 594-6248 (GOCIT internally).

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