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Information Technology

​What is 'Information Technology (INFO)'?

When computer and communications technologies are combined, the result is information technology. Information technology encompasses many aspects of computing and technology and covers many fields. IT professionals perform a variety of duties that range from installing applications to designing complex computer networks and information databases. A few of the duties that IT professionals perform include storing, protecting, processing, transmitting and retrieving information.

Today's IT plays a critical role in the work of all major industries as well as being a distinct industry on its own. The Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) reports that 92 percent of all IT workers are in non-IT companies, 80 percent of which are small companies. Even if the career you choose does not focus solely on IT, the job will likely involve the use of computers and technology to accomplish tasks and process information.

Is it for you?

Individuals interested in an IT career should be curious, have the ability to think logically and have strong problem-solving skills. A working knowledge of mathematics and good communication skills are also important since troubleshooting, teamwork and helping others are important aspect of most IT jobs. In addition, Web developers also need creative skills. Whether dealing with customers, managers or other computer specialists, IT professionals need the abilities to solve technical challenges as well as to communicate effectively on paper, in-person and electronically.

If you are the type of individual who would like to help others succeed, use the computer for variety of tasks, multitask and work well with others, a degree or certificate in the area of office support/administration may be for you.

Jobs and Salary Expectations

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of computer network administrators is expected to grow by 28 percent from 2010 to 2020, which is faster than the average for all occupations. As firms invest in newer, faster technology and mobile networks, the demand for systems administrators is increasing.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities for IT graduates continue to rise. The below table shows the national projections:

Job Category

2006 Number

2016 Number

Computer Software Engineer, Applications

507,000

732,510

Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software

350,000

449,000

Computer Systems Analyst

504,000

650,000

Computer Support Specialist

552,000

624,000

Network and Computer Systems Administrator

309,000

393,000

Computer and Information Systems Manager

264,000

307,000

Computer and Information Scientist, Research

25,000

31,000

Database Administrator

119,000

154,000

Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst

262,000

402,000

Computer Specialist, all other

136,000

157,000

What's new in Information Technology?

Program Faculty

William Bowers
Jamie Bridgham 
Art Brown, contact for internships
Christopher Chisholm, contact for Electronics
Rebecca Connor, contact for Office Technology
Gary Gilbody
Mansel Guerin
Jonathan Jones 
Tania Kuisma
Linda Lutz
Pam McCloskey
Jayson McCune
Mike Miller, contact for Support Desk
Laurie Olberding, contact for Web Development
Patrick Phillips 
Alan Reinarz
Guillermo Rosas
Hugh Schuett, contact for Fabrication Lab
Greg Smith, contact for Cisco
Gary Sparks, contact for Security
Lian Ti, contact for Server Administration
Ted Tucker, contact for Data Center, iSeries, Programming and Computer Transfer degrees
Mary Vorpi, contact for Database Administration

Program Information

  • Computer Technology Transfer
    • Computer Science (CTSAS) - associate in applied science, provides students with the dual option of seeking entry-level programming positions and/or continuing their studies at a four-year institution
    • Information Assurance (CTIAS) - associate in applied science, emphasizes policy, systems hardening, systems testing, border security, forensics and legal issues
    • Management Information Systems (CTMAS) - associate in applied science, emphasizes Logic C, C++, VB and Java
  • Versatilist Information Technology (VITAS) - associate in applied science, allows students to customize their program of study, while at the same time being able to change easily to another focus
    • Business Intelligence Systems (VBICE) - certificate of achievement, provides students with a strong foundation in various aspects of business intelligence development
    • Computer Programming (VCPCE) - certificate of achievement, provides students with a foundation in programming logic and modern computer languages
    • UNIX/Linux Operating Systems (VUXCE) - certificate of achievement, provides skills in using UNIX and LINUX operating systems 
  • Information Technology
    • Cisco Network Technician (ITCNO) - associate in applied science, provides students with the latest knowledge used by many businesses to build and maintain their network system
    • Database Management (ITDA1) - associate in applied science, provides students with a strong technical foundation in the design, implementation and management of a relational database system
    • Data Center Operations (ITDC1) - associate in applied science, teaches students about the data center infrastructure, create a server environment to meet specific needs and daily operations of data center activities
    • Data Center Technician (ITCCO) - certificate of achievement, teaches students to assist in monitoring and implementing data center projects
    • Desktop Support Specialist (ITDS1) - associate in applied science, prepares students to successfully install, upgrade, deploy and configure Windows operating systems
    • Front End Web Development (ITWD1) - associate in applied science, provides students with a strong technical foundation in developing content for the World Wide Web and any Internet-related support
    • Programming for Database/Web (ITDWO) - associate in applied science, provides students with a strong foundation in program design, Web programming and design and database processing that is needed in today’s business world
    • Security Technician (ITSTO) - certificate of achievement, provides students with a strong technical foundation to understand, analyze, identify, plan and apply the knowledge and skills learned to defend a network
    • Server Administration (ITSAO) - associate in applied science, prepares students to successfully implement, configure and maintain a Windows server in the Active Directory environment of large companies
    • Server Technician (ITSRO) - certificate of achievement, teaches the foundation skills necessary to support servers
  • Office Technology
    • Administrative Assistant (OTAAO) - associate in applied science, maximizes individual development of each person’s knowledge and skills relative to the wide range of duties encountered in either for-profit or nonprofit enterprises.
    • Microcomputer Office Applications (OTMCE) - certificate of achievement, provides students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level clerical positions in an office environment
    •  Office Professional (OTOPO) - associate in applied science, prepares students to keep the offices organized and running smoothly and work with much of the valuable data that companies need to flourish

Credit Classes and Registration

Gainful Employment Information

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "Prepares students for Gainful Employment in a recognized occupation." The following are Gainful Employment program(s), meaning they are certificate program(s) that are intended to lead directly to employment. We hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices.

Server Technician (ITSRO) - Certificate of Achievement
Data Center Technician (ITCCO) - Certificate of Achievement
Cisco Certified Network Associate (ITCCC) - Certificate of Achievement
Computer Programming (VCPCE) - Certificate of Achievement
Business Intelligence Systems (VBICE) - Certificate of Achievement
Customer Service Representative - (PSCSD) - Certificate of Achievement
Microcomputer Office Applications (OTMCE) - Certificate of Achievement
Versatilist - Full Stack Web Development (VFSCC) - Career Certificate
Versatilist - UNIX/Linux Operating Systems (VUXCE) - Certificate of Achievement