Computer Information Technology

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A.A.S./Certificate

Computer Information Technology

The Information Technology programs are designed to prepare graduates for employment with organizations that use computers to process, manage, and communicate information. This is a flexible curriculum that can be customized to meet community information system needs.

The Information Technology programs are designed to prepare graduates for employment with organizations that use computers to process, manage, and communicate information. This is a flexible curriculum that can be customized to meet community information system needs.

We offer 4 different focuses within IT:

  1. Information Systems: prepare individuals for employment as help-desk technicians, hardware support, database managers, and more in this flexible curriculum.
  2. Network Management: prepares individuals for employment supporting network infrastructure environments as network system administrators. Additionally, graduates may also be qualified to take certification examinations for various network industry certifications.
  3. Software and Web Development: prepares individuals as front-end and back-end software and web developers. 
  4. Systems Security: prepares individuals to implement and manage effective security controls. Additionally, graduates will acquire the skills that allow them to pursue security certifications.

If you are looking for something more creative, focusing on graphic/web design, audio/video, and animation, consider Digital Media Technology, also in Computer Technologies.

Career Opportunities

Graduates should qualify for employment in entry-level positions with businesses, educational systems, and governmental agencies that rely on computer systems to manage information. Graduates should also be prepared to sit for industry-recognized certification exams. There are many titles for jobs in the Computer Information Technology field.

Salaries may vary based on the size of the business and other factors.

Good to Know

Degrees

A degree is intended for students who want to learn in-depth skills. Degrees are typically 5-6 semesters in length. Degrees include courses specific to the program you are in, and also include general education courses such as English, Math, Social Sciences, and Humanities. Students may have some of these courses transfer in from existing curriculum programs. Most degree programs conclude with a "Systems Project" course requiring students to demonstrate skills learned during the curriculum.

Certificates

Certificates are a great way to learn new skills and increase your employability without going through an entire degree program. Certificates are typically 2-3 semesters in length and have courses chosen for their focus. Although not a degree, students must still apply for graduation to receive a certificate.

Finding your Advisor

Students are assigned to faculty advisors in their individual programs of study. Visit CIT Advising Appointments to find your advisor, and schedule an advising appointment.

 

Visit the Admissions Overview page for more information on enrollment at A-B Tech. Once you have selected a program or certificate, you will be contacted via email with a program advisor. For assistance determining your assigned program advisor, visit Program Advisor Information. Proper advising for computer technologies is essential for choosing the right program or certificate that matches your interests and employment goals.

  1. Consult with your advisor to receive a course Plan or register.
  2. Register for classes in your course Plan in Self-Service or with your advisor.
  3. Pay For Classes online through Self-Service or in person in the Business Office.
  4. Purchase required textbooks. (Find out if the course has required books at the Book Store.)
  5. Be present on the first day of class at the indicated time. Parking may be difficult, so plan to arrive at least 20–30 minutes prior to your class time.
  6. Have class supplies such as paper, pens, and pencils for taking notes.
  7. Work hard, have fun designing and learning... and graduate!

Visit the A-B Tech Admissions Overview page for more information.

Many of the courses may be offered online, especially introductory courses. Online courses require the student to have the necessary hardware, software, and internet connection required by the course needs. For more information, please see the CIT Online Courses page.

Computer Technologies programs and courses have individual software needs. Please see CIT Software for more information.

Students create a wide range of projects including documents, spreadsheets,  databases, websites, networks, and more. Computer Information Technology is a diverse field!