Students have long believed hands-on time is a big contributor to learning. That belief certainly applies to the world of computers and high-tech. This week we look at two schools offering hands-on technical training. With a campus in Plattsburgh and Mineville, CV-TEC offers a range of programs from automotive technologies to welding with no less than four computer-related choices including Computer Technologies, Computer Aided Drafting, Graphic Design and legal/medical office programs. CV-TEC programs are geared for considerable hands-on time allowing students to develop and practice job skills. The instructors of each program work hard to turn the experience they have in the field into practical classroom exercises. Across town lies Clinton Community College currently home to three technical training programs including Computer Information Systems, Computer Science and Industrial Technology. In January, Clinton will add three new programs to the mix Computer Technology, Electronics Technology and Wind Energy and Turbine Technology. The technology programs at CCC feature a high-level of hands-on time and some of the programs have an internship component where students are temporarily placed into a local organization in order to gain experience and apply newly learned skills. CCC also has a solid offering of technical workshops. The workshops provide ample hands-on time and range from single sessions geared toward individuals, as in the Clinton Computer Institute series, to longer formats designed for a particular company or group. Anyone wanting to learn more about CCCs technology programs and workshops is cordially invited to the Technology Open House. The event is being held on campus in the Science and Technology building on Thursday, Nov. 20 from 3-6 p.m. Individuals may tour the lab areas, meet the faculty and also receive information on topics such as admission requirements, class registration dates and tuition assistance. Ron Poland is a professor in the Computer Information Systems AAS program at Clinton Community College. Poland is certified in company repair and networking by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). He is also a Cisco certified network assistant. Questions may be sent to him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.