Associate of Applied Science Degree in Information Systems Technology
The global shift toward Information Technologies has produced a critical shortage of technicians skilled in the computer and networking technologies field. Data suggests that the IT industry will grow at an unprecedented rate during the next century thus further exacerbating the shortage of qualified Information Technology service technicians.
The Information Systems Technology (IST) degree, with a concentration in Computer and Networking, will provide students the opportunity to develop computer and networking skills required for the following IT industry certifications:
- CompTIA A+
- CompTIA Net+
- Microsoft Certified Professional
- Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
- Cisco Certified Network Associate
Students will be prepared for employment upon mastering the Computer and Networking curriculum. The curriculum is delivered by means of modern state of the art educational technologies. Laboratory experiences will allow students to gain valuable experience working with actual industrial equipment. Students enrolled in this program will be highly encouraged to attend optional Test Prep for IT Certification Seminars where practice exams and additional test preparation materials will be made available. Testing for certification will be made available on site. Fees for testing are the responsibility of the student.
The IST degree, with concentration in Computer and Networking Technology, is a two-year, four semester program. The curriculum consists of course content in general education, basic electronics and computer and networking technologies. Several of the courses will include online components. In these courses, students will access the curriculum and take assessments in the form of quizzes, tests, and exams via the Internet. Some courses may substitute an industry certification exam for the course final exam.
Credit by Exam: Students may receive credits for classes to be applied toward a degree or certificate program by passing the appropriate industry recognized certification exam. Credit by exam for IST courses must be approved by the IST Program Head.
Note: High school students interested in a career in the IT industry should check with their counselor for the availability of articulation and dual enrollment opportunities for these students. The Computer and Networking Technology Degree program is designed to provide students the opportunity to develop the necessary skills for entry level employment in the Information Technology industry, immediately upon successful completion of the program.