For Immediate Release - Southwest Tennessee Community College

Date: August 1, 2011

Southwest Lands Oracle Partnership

In fall 2009, Southwest Tennessee Community College was invited to become the first college in Tennessee to participate in the Oracle Academy. After two rigorous years of online training courses and intensive five-day training institutes in Baltimore, six faculty members are now certified to teach all or part of Oracle Academy courses , including Database Design/SQL and PLSQL programming offered at Southwest. The faculty members are associate professors Michael Wright, May Hsieh, Jane Santi, Dewey Sykes, and Garry Spencer, along with adjunct and TAF specialist Brad Montgomery.

Oracle is the world’s leading supplier of information management software and the world’s second largest independent software company. Oracle technology can be found in nearly every industry and the company has more than 370,000 customers globally, including 100 of the Fortune 100 companies.

Southwest’s participation in the Oracle Academy provides students with access to Oracle-created training modules and development environments. This will help students build technical and analytical database skills for beginning or advancing careers in the professional world of Information Technology. After completing the course, students may receive discount vouchers and have the opportunity to sit for an Oracle professional certification exam if they wish. As the college’s participation in the Academy matures, additional classes will be offered including Enterprise Business Applications.

“Our goal here at Southwest is to give our students a competitive advantage as they prepare to enter the workforce and we anticipate that this is one extra step in achieving that goal,” said Michael Wright, associate professor of Computer Information Technology for Southwest.

For questions about the Oracle Academy program, call Michael Wright at (901) 333-4482 or the Southwest Department of Technologies at (901) 333-4150.

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Photo Caption: Southwest faculty certified to teach Oracle Academy courses are (L to R) Dewey Sykes, May Hsieh, Brad Montgomery, Jane Santi, Michael Wright and Garry Spencer (not pictured).

For more information contact: Brenda J. Rayner, (901) 333-4247 bjrayner@southwest.tn.edu, Farris Bldg., Room 1002, 5983 Macon Cove, Memphis, TN 38134