Computer Information Technology A.A.S. Degree

Computer Information Technology A.A.S. Degree

NOTE: Central Lakes College is a Prometric, VUE, and Certiport Authorized Test Center. All certification exams can be delivered on site.

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 CLC 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, 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 Office 365 applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook;
  • Effective skills in end-user training in relation to Office 365 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.


This program will prepare students for the following certifications: Microsoft MOS; Comp TIA A+, Network+ and Security+. Note: Certifications 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

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Program Course Requirements

First Year – Fall Semester (15 credits)
COMP 1109  Introduction to Operating Systems, 3 cr
COMP 1131  Microsoft Word Comprehensive, 4 cr
COMP 1133  Microsoft PowerPoint Comprehensive, 3 cr
COMP 1134  Microsoft Outlook Comprehensive, 1 cr
COMP 1204  Computer Repair I – A+ Hardware, 4 cr

Spring Semester (15 credits)
COMP 1135  Microsoft Excel Comprehensive, 4 cr
COMP 1206*  Computer Repair II – A+ Operating Systems, 3 cr
COMP 1253*  Client Operating Systems Administration, 4 cr
COMP 1230*  Network Essentials, 4 cr

Second Year – Fall Semester (15 credits)
COMP 2160*  Ethics in Information Technology, 3 cr
General Education, 12 cr

Spring Semester (15 credits)
COMP 1132  Microsoft Access Comprehensive, 4 cr
COMP 2111*  Security Essentials, 4 cr
COMP 2202*  Computer User Support, 3 cr
Additional COMP course, 1 cr
General Education, 3 cr

*Denotes Prerequisite or Co-requisite

Program Instructors

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Computer Tech Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8256
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Computer Technology Instructor
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