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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


Program Faculty

Jared Bernard
Jamie Bridgham 
Christopher Chisholm, contact for Electronics
Rebecca Connor, contact for Office Technology
Michelle Fulton, contact for Health Information Technology
Mansel Guerin
Jonathan Jones 
Tania Kuisma
Linda Lutz
Pam McCloskey
Jayson McCune, contact for Programming and Computer Transfer degrees
Mike Miller, contact for Support Desk and Cisco
Laurie Olberding, contact for Web Development
Patrick Phillips 
Mary Pleas, contact for Database Administration
Alan Reinarz
Guillermo Rosas
Hugh Schuett, contact for Fabrication Lab
Gary Sparks, contact for Security
Lian Ti, contact for Server Administration and Data Center
 

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
  • Management Information Systems (CTMAS) - associate in applied science, emphasizes Logic C, C++, VB and Java

Versatilist Information Technology

  • 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 
  • Full Stack Web Development (VFSCC) - Career Certificate - students will gain the knowledge and skills  to gain employment for web application development

Information Technology

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (ITCCC) - Career Certificate - allows students to sit the certification exam for the Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • 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
  • Computer Programming Certificate (ITCPC) - certificate of achievement - provides students with a foundation in programming logic and modern computer languages utilized in today's IT businesses
  • Cyber Security (ITCSO) - associate in applied science - prepares students to engage in the issues and emerging information and management concepts related to cyber security
  • 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
  • Full-Stack Web Development (ITFSW) - associate in applied science, prepares students for employment as entry-level web application developers
  • 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
  • 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

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