Perkins Act Grant Supports IT Certification Testing at North Central Texas College


Ask any tech hiring manager and they’ll tell you the difference industry certifications can make for applicants being considered for an IT position.  CompTIA, Cisco and Microsoft certifications are among the most coveted.  Ask any tech college student and they’ll tell you the cost of certification testing is a deterrent. 

Fortunately, IT students at North Central Texas College (NCTC) don’t need to worry about the cost of certification testing, which can be nearly $300 per exam.  Through Perkins Act funding, which is a U.S. Department of Education administered grant program that supports career and technical education, NCTC offers vouchers.  NCTC’s IT courses are designed to align with industry certifications and prepare students for the exams covered by the vouchers.  With the barrier of cost removed, many students have taken advantage of this opportunity.  The vouchers are also a great incentive for students to validate their skills and increase their career options with certifications.  Here’s what you need to know to take advantage of this opportunity.      



To be eligible for a free voucher, you must meet all the following requirements:

  • Be a RITA Grant participant at NCTC
  • Complete IT coursework during the 2015-16 academic year at NCTC
  • Earn an A or B at NCTC in the course being tested 
  • Score an 80 or better on two Transcended practice tests for the exams you wish to take and share a copy of your results with a Testing Coordinator


Certification Exams Covered

Cert-220-801      CompCert: CompTIA A+

Cert-220-802      CompCert: CompTIA A+

Cert-220-901      CompCert: A+ (2015) Exam 1

Cert-N10-006     CompCert: CompTIA Network+

Cert-SY0-401      CompCert: Security+

Cert-LXO-103     CompCert: Linux+ 2015 Exam 1

Cert-LX0-104      CompCert: Linux+ 2015 Exam 2

Cert-CAS-002      CompCert: Advanced Security Practitioner

Cert-100-101      NetCert: Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) v2.0

Cert-200-101      NetCert: Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2) v2.0

Cert-200-120      NetCert: Cisco Certified Network Associate

Cert-70-410        MSCert: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2

Cert-70-411        MSCert: Administering Windows Server 2012 R2

Cert-70-480        MSCert: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3

Cert-70-483        MSCert: Programming in C#

Cert-70-680        MSCert TS: Windows 7, Configuring

Cert-1Z0-051      DBCert: Oracle Database 11g (R2): SQL Fundamentals I

Cert-1z0-052      DBCert: DBCert:Oracle Database 11g: Administration I

Cert-1z0-053      DBCert:     Oracle Database 11g: Administration II

Cert-1Z0-146      DBCert:    Oracle Database 11g Advanced PL/SQL

Cert-1Z0-803      DevCert:   Java SE 7 Programmer I


Obtaining a Voucher

Speak with a Testing Coordinator at NCTC’s IT Career Connection Center

Call 940.498.6440 or stop by 1400 N. Corinth St., Suite. 102, Corinth, TX 76208


Important Info

  • Funds are limited
  • One voucher per student while supplies last.  If funds are available as the deadline approaches, students can apply for a second voucher.
  • All exams are administered at the NCTC ITCCC Testing Center
  • All vouchers must be redeemed prior to June 30, 2016
  • Lost or stolen vouchers cannot be replaced

For additional info, contact Testing Coordinator, Sheryl Givings, at or 940.498.6440