Up & Coming Weekly

December 21, 2021

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM 16 UCW DECEMBER 22-28, 2021 sweetvalleyranchnc.com (844) 622-3276 2990 Sunnyside School Rd Fayetteville, NC 28312 November 26th - December 26th OPEN: Friday - Sunday OPEN: December 23rd • OPEN: December 26th CLOSED: December 24th and 25th Early into the global COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses and schools shut down due to a "stay-at- home" order to enact social distanc- ing amongst more than 310 million Americans nationwide. Unfortunate- ly, most local Pearson Vue testing centers closed, forcing test-takers to sit for certification exams remotely. Despite the increasing restrictions, Fayetteville Technical Community College established a contract with Pearson Vue to administer certifica- tion and licensure exams officially. Tenette Prevatte, FTCC's Dean of Computer Information Technology, had a vision in which students, fac- ulty, and anyone in the community could take professional certification exams in a safe, secure, local envi- ronment. FTCC became a Pearson Vue authorized testing center in May 2021. Pearson Vue is a global leader in computer-based testing, offering exams worldwide for certifications and licensure related to healthcare, teacher certification, information technology and many others. To date, more than 1,000 exams have been administered to FTCC faculty, staff, students and members of the community. e testing center's ca- pability is 15 test-takers at one time. Recently, the testing center hosted a group of Academy of Information Technology students from Gray's Creek High School who sat for the CompTIA A+ industry certifica- tion exam. In previous years, these students would spend as much as eight hours in a local testing center that could only accommodate four students at a time. ese students are part of FTCC's High School Connections program and take College classes on their high school campus during the 11th grade; during their senior year, they come to FTCC's campus to take classes. High School Connections classes are offered at no cost to Cumberland County School students. For more information on the High School Connections program, contact hsc@ faytechcc.edu or call 910-678-8583. To schedule a test, register online at http://www.pearsonvue.com. Type the name or acronym of the program in the box to sign in or cre- ate an account through the Pearson VUE website. Test-takers will pay for and schedule exams through the website. Test takers should arrive 30 min- utes before scheduled appointment times. Early arrival will allow them to check-in and relax before beginning a test. e amount of time test-takers are asked to arrive at the center before scheduled appointment times differs for each program. Test-takers will receive a confirmation email with program-specific information. When candidates arrive for an exam, they undergo a standard admissions process. Candidates are asked to provide two forms of iden- tification, agree in writing to a set of exam rules and sign a log sheet. In most cases, a photo and signature will be digitally captured as they ap- pear on a results report. Test-takers must bring two forms of identification, including one government-issued photo identi- fication.e Pearson Vue Testing Center is located inside the General Classroom Building, 2817 Fort Bragg Road, at the Fayetteville campus. For more information, contact (910) 486-7418 or murphya@fay- techcc.edu. Spring classes at FTCC begin Jan. 10. EDUCATION FTCC's Pearson Vue Testing Center provides secure, local environ- ment for taking professional certification exams by ADRIENNE MURPHY ADRIENNE MURPHY, FTCC. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcom- ingweekly.com. 910-484-6200.

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