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Information Technology

Computers, networks, social media, and information assurance have become the underpinnings for much of our economy. The degree offerings within our department provide a quality education that develops skills necessary to design, develop, secure, and support computer networks. The programs emphasizes current and emerging network technologies, preparing students for a wide variety of industry recognized certification exams.

Coursework is rich in laboratory experiences with state-of-the-art industry hardware and software. Students study in a learning environment that stresses practical, hands-on experiences and internships. The skills learned are the critical foundations of Information Technology careers.

BS network technology

Network Technology, B.S.

Our Bachelor of Science degree (four year program) in Network Technology prepares a student for a variety of Information Technology careers. This degree is a deeper dive into many of the topics explored in the A.A.S. Computer Networks and Cybersecurity degree. Some coursework follows MCSA (Microsoft Certified System Administrator) topics as well as CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) desired outcomes. Network Security topics continue to be explored, along with in-depth experiences with Linux and Web Server applications. Additional general education requirements, along with the computing and associated networking technology coursework, expands the student’s background to prepare them for additional opportunities and careers in the computer/networking/cybersecurity field.

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AAS Network Technology

Computer Networks and Cybersecurity, A.A.S.

Our Associate of Applied Science degree (two year program) has been refined to include courses in the Information/Cybersecurity field. According to the Department of Labor’s most recent employment projections, demand for Information Security Analysts is expected to very high. This field is in the top 15 of the fastest growing detailed occupations requiring post-secondary education. Our program follows standards established by the Department of Homeland Security for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense.

This degree, however, prepares a student for a variety of Information Technology careers. Some coursework prepares for the student for the CCNA (Cisco Certified Networking Associate) certification exam, while other courses provide competencies in a variety of skills needed for the CompTIA A+ exam, Network+, and Linux+ exams. Microsoft Server competencies are explored in great detail. Additional general education requirements, along with computing and associated networking technology coursework, expands the student’s background to prepare them for additional opportunities and careers in the computer/networking/cybersecurity field. Students completing the AAS Computer Networks and Cybersecurity degree may earn the Bachelor’s degree by completing an additional two years in the BS Network Technology Program.

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web development and administration AAS

Web Development and Administration, A.A.S.

Our Associate of Applied Science degree (two  year program) in Web Development and Administration will prepare students to utilize current and emerging web development tools. This degree will prepare technicians who are knowledgeable in computer support, network support, and be able to create and manage an organization’s web presence.  The degree is unique in that it has a major focus in the organization and management aspects of web sites as well as web page creation.  This degree can be completed in two years and graduates will work developing a new web presence or manage and administer previously designed sites.

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  • Prepare for industry certifications while earning a degree. Certification preparation areas include:
    • Cisco CCNA and CCNP
    • CompTIA A+
    • Network +
    • Linux +
    • Microsoft Server exams and the Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) exam
  • Experience extensive hands-on activities in our physical and virtual state-of-the-art labs with hands-on assignments in every course.
  • Seamless articulation of Cisco Network Academy coursework.
  • Possible exit after two years with the AAS Network Technology degree.
  • The first two years are taught through Highlands College, allowing students to pay lower tuition.
  • Earn an AAS in Web Development & Administration with only 8 additional classes.