NORWALK, CALIF. - Internet programs at the Composites Technology Center at Cerritos College help bridge the knowledge gap for workers needing to learn about the World Wide Web before it becomes a mandatory job requirement. During 1995, CTC's daylong seminars and half-day hands-on workshops in Norwalk helped inform participants about technology that their children take for granted. Students learned about available services and explanations for unfamiliar terms such as browser, protocol, gopher, bookmark and domain name system.
Douglas Brantley, Cerritos College programming services facilitator, discussed the technology and services in a Dec. 13 program and then led a four-hour Dec. 15 session in which participants could explore avenues on the Web and, in some cases, do some market research on their competition.
The CTC facility has 20 individual computer workplaces. Five wall- and stand-mounted television screens carry computer images that Brantley activates from his lecture podium as he whizzes through the Internet addresses for available government, educational and commercial resources.
``The hands-on program was good but too short,'' said Rick Nelson, marketing director forComposite Materials Inc. in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. ``Hands-on was twice as effective as the lecture, but we need more time.''
Nelson said he has been involved with computers since the 1970s but has never used any online service. His 16-year-old son, however, regularly uses the commercial service America On Line.
``I'm a beginner, but I thought the interactive approach was extremely informative,'' said David Reed, San Diego-based regional sales manager for DiAB Group's U.S. unit in De Soto, Texas. ``We will use the Internet for buying, selling and communicating once we get established.''
Reed is watching the growing interest of his two teen-age sons in Internet services and sees the need to learn about the technology before it passes by him.
Rob Stone, engineer with ITW Plastiglide in Rancho Dominguez, Calif., found value in the CTC program and anticipates research benefits from being online.
Netcom of San Jose, Calif., supplied workshop participants with NetCruiser software diskettes, waiving the normal one-time $25 registration fee. The service charges $19.95 per month for Internet access.