Computer Information Technology A.A.S. Degree

Computer Information Technology A.A.S. Degree

Career Description

IT professionals work together to improve existing computer systems and support end-user technologies increase productivity in any business environment. They lead the way through the planning and development of new systems using knowledge of hardware, software, and best application practices. IT professionals are not “one size fits all,” especially when it comes to business. Different companies have different needs. IT professionals use skills from multiple areas to plan, configure, repair, or troubleshoot endpoint operating systems, application suites, and cloud-based applications. They may work towards higher-level positions within organizations and carry out the day-to-day troubleshooting, upgrading, and repair of various endpoints.

Program Information

The Computer Information Technology A.A.S. Degree is designed to train students with skills and character needed to be a successful IT professional in today’s job market. The program includes a variety of IT concepts and methods used today in emerging technologies. With mobile devices, desktops, servers, and computer applications, cloud applications, students will learn the skills needed to be successful in troubleshooting, repair, and instruction of IT systems and applications in a professional business environment. The curriculum is designed to engage student learning as well as build character and confidence with team building, communication skills, and training in end-user support and customer service. CLC computer technology instructors are industry-certified professionals with years of experience in the classroom and industry.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of computer hardware capabilities, functions, assembly, and repair;
  • Operating system installation, configuration, and administration;
  • Comprehensive knowledge and use of applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook;
  • Effective skills in end-user training in relation to applications;
  • Foundational concepts of networking and security standards;
  • A thorough understanding of emerging technology, hardware, concepts, and methodology;
  • Locate, evaluate, and properly utilize the tools and resources appropriate to a computer technology professional;
  • Apply appropriate security standards to identify, evaluate, and mitigate risk; and
  • Communicate effectively with technical and non-technical audiences.

Special Program Requirements

In addition to the program requirements, students must meet the following conditions to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0.
  2. College Technical Core GPA Requirement: cumulative GPA of credits attempted and completed towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0.
  3. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Certification

This program will prepare students for the following certifications from CompTIA: A+, Network+, Security+, Cloud+, and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS). Students are encouraged to pursue certifications; however, they are not required for program completion and require additional costs per exam. Certification educational discounts are available to CLC Students through CompTIA and Microsoft.

Employment Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:

https://apps.deed.state.mn.us/lmi/ces/
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm
http://www.iseek.org/jobs/jobmarket.html

Program Course Requirements

Semester One (14 credits)
COMP 1125  A+, 5 cr
COMP 1128  IT Documentation and Support, 3 cr
COMP 1133  Microsoft PowerPoint Comprehensive, 3 cr
PHIL 1460 Logic (Goals 2,4),  3 cr

Semester Two (16 credits)
COMP 1126* Network+, 4 cr
COMP 1127* Security+, 4 cr
COMP 1129* IT Careers, 2 cr
ENGL 1422 Practical Writing (Goals 1,2), 3 cr
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, 3 cr

Semester Three (14 credits)
COMP 1131  Microsoft Word Comprehensive, 4 cr
COMP 1135  Microsoft Excel Comprehensive, 4 cr
COMP 2167* Cloud Fundamentals, 3 cr
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, 3 cr

Semester Four (16 credits)
COMP 1132  Microsoft Access Comprehensive, 4 cr
COMP 1134  Microsoft Outlook Comprehensive, 2 cr
COMP 2168* Cloud Technologies and Applications, 4 cr
COMP 2169* CIT Capstone, 3 cr
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, 3 cr

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 60 CREDITS
*Denotes Prerequisite or Co-requisite

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