The Information Technology & Systems (IT&S) program provides an educational environment where fundamental knowledge and professional experience needed in the information technology profession is gained. Students are exposed to IT&S careers and technology through practical classroom experiences and lab activities. Students graduating from this program will be prepared to enter technology fields such as software development, helpdesk technical support or computer network design and support. Information technology skills are used in nearly every business. Information Technology & Systems specialization areas include:
- Information Technology & Systems Developer
- Information Technology & Systems Networking
- Information Technology & Systems Technical Support
Student Learning Outcomes
Information Technology & Systems graduates are prepared to:
- Design, configure, troubleshoot and maintain networking environments for small business and enterprise organizations.
- Integrate technology resources into organizational and business processes using IT Service Management Techniques applying effective front-line technical support.
- Create software applications using System Development Methodologies.
- Demonstrate professional workplace skills to include: teamwork, ethical practice, legal considerations and effective customer service.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are expected to add about 488,500 new jobs, from about 3.9 million jobs to about 4.4 million jobs from 2014 to 2024, in part due to a greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, more everyday items becoming connected to the Internet in what is commonly referred to as the Internet of things,” and the continued demand for mobile computing.The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $81,430 in May 2015, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $36,200 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2016-2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook).
Job titles in this occupation include: Network Administrator, Network Analyst, Systems Administrator, Server Administrator, Computer Network Technician, Desktop Support Technician, Computer Support Specialist, Support Specialist, Software Support Technician, Helpdesk Support, Operations, Application Developer, Software Tester, Programmer/Analyst, Web Developer, Web Administrator and Database Developer.
Typical Program of Study
To assist students in determining the sequence of courses they might take to complete their educational goal, the proposed program of study is provided. A student’s final program of study will be influenced by factors such as placement test scores, prior college experiences, course availability, transfer requirements, program admission requirements, and special areas of interest. A student intending to major in this program must consult with his/her advisor prior to any academic planning and registering.
Associate of Applied Science