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Computer Information Technology A.A.S. Degree

Why Choose Computer Information Technology A.A.S. Degree at CLC?

Certified Instructors

Cutting Edge Technology and Emerging/High Demand Skill Sets

Convenient Scheduling: Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as many online offerings.

Microsoft IT Academy, Cisco Networking Academy, CompTIA Authorized Academy

VUE, Prometric and Certiport Test Center Onsite

Education and Career Advisors

Outstanding Career Placement

Extensive, hands-on training, working with industry hardware and software

State-of-the-art Labs– over $500,000 invested in labs

Internships are available in each program

About the Program

Information technology (IT) specialists work together to improve existing computer systems and support end user technologies in an organizational setting. They help plan and develop new systems, install hardware, install software, support end user training and troubleshoot systems. Computers are not “one size fits all,” especially when it comes to business. Different companies have different needs. An IT specialist uses skills from multiple areas to plan, configure, repair or troubleshoot end user systems and even server-based systems. IT specialists work closely with network administrators and engineers in larger organizations and carry out the day to day troubleshooting, upgrading and repair of client systems. In smaller organizations, IT specialists will likely be responsible for all of these functions.

IT specialists are in high demand. The Computer Information Technology Program will help prepare graduates by introducing them to a wide variety of subjects in information and emerging technologies that they will encounter in the field. Subjects covered include computer troubleshooting and repair, basic networking, operating systems, supporting common end user applications, as well as soft skills like oral and written communication and customer service. The curriculum is delivered using currently released industry software including operating systems (OS), network operating systems (NOS) and applications. This program teaches skills needed to work for companies with small to mid-size help desks or large corporate user support centers. Instructors are industry certified professionals with years of experience in the classroom and industry. There is 100% placement of our graduates within the IT field.

Program Information

Program Course Requirements

 

COMPUTER INFORMATION TECHOLOGY – AAS DEGREE

Program Course Requirements

First Year – Fall Semester

COMP 1109  Introduction to Operating Systems (3 cr)

COMP 1131  Microsoft Word Comprehensive (3 cr)

COMP 1133  Microsoft PowerPoint Comprehensive (3 cr)

COMP 1134  Microsoft Outlook Comprehensive (1 cr)

COMP 1204  Computer Repair I – A+ Hardware (4 cr)

COMP 1230  Network Essentials  (4 cr)

Total – 15 credits

Spring Semester

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)

Total – 15 credits

Second Year – Fall Semester

COMP 2160*  Ethics in Information Technology  (2 cr)

General Education  (12 cr)

Total – 15 credits

Spring Semester

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)

Total – 15 credits

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 60 CREDITS

*Denotes Prerequisite or Co-requisite

Detailed Program Information

 

NOTE: Central Lakes College is a Prometric, VUE, and Certiport Authorized Test Center. All certification exams can be delivered on site.Career Description: Information technology (IT) specialists work together to improve existing computer systems and support end user technologies in an organizational setting. They help plan and develop new systems, install hardware, install software, support end user training and troubleshoot systems. Computers are not “one size fits all,” especially when it comes to business. Different companies have different needs. An IT specialist uses skills from multiple areas to plan, configure, repair or troubleshoot end user systems and even server-based systems. IT specialists work closely with network administrators and engineers in larger organizations and carry out the day to day troubleshooting, upgrading and repair of client systems. In smaller organizations, IT specialists will likely be responsible for all of these functions.

Program Information: IT specialists are in high demand. The Information Technology Specialist Program will help prepare graduates by introducing them to a wide variety of subjects in information and emerging technologies that they will encounter in the field. Subjects covered include computer troubleshooting and repair, basic networking, operating systems, supporting common end user applications, as well as soft skills like oral and written communication and customer service. The curriculum is delivered using currently released industry software including OS, NOS and applications. This program teaches skills needed to work for companies with small to mid-size help desks or large corporate user support centers. Instructors are industry certified professionals with years of experience in the classroom and industry. There is 100% placement of our graduates within the IT field.

Certification: This program will help students prepare for the following certifications: Microsoft MCP, MCITP, and MCSA; Comp TIA A+, Network+, Server+, Security+, Project +, Help Desk 2000 CHDP, Help Desk Institute CSS and HDA, and others. Central Lakes College is a Prometric, VUE, and Certiport Authorized Test Center. All certification exams can be delivered onsite.

Career Titles: This program will help students prepare for a wide range of careers in the IT field, including the following: computer support technician, computer technologist, help desk technician, information technology specialist, IT analyst, Microsoft certified professional, network support technician, PC support specialist, technical support analyst and technical support manager.

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes:

Graduates will be able to:

  • Perform computer information technology practices and procedures required for entry to mid-level employment;
  • Perform computer information technology entry to mid-level skill sets and apply theoretical principles;
  • Install, manage, configure and use functions and features of current releases of operating systems, network operating systems and applications;
  • Install, troubleshoot and repair computer equipment and peripherals;
  • Test successfully on competencies required to pass industry certification exams;
  • Locate, evaluate and properly utilize the tools and resources appropriate to a computer technology professional;
  • Evaluate, identify and apply appropriate security standards; and
  • Communicate effectively with technical and non-technical audiences.

Instructors

ronRon Houle
Ron Houle – Ron graduated from Brainerd Community College with an Associate of Arts. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Business Management from the College of St. Scholastica. Ron holds Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST), Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications from Microsoft and is a Certified Novell Administrator. Ron holds CompTIA Net+ certification and is a CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer (CTT). Ron is a published author of an MCDST textbook/manual and a technical editor and frequent reviewer for books focused on Microsoft system engineering, networking, and administration. Ron has been teaching business management and computer technology for over 24 years, spent two years as an Information Systems Manager and 17 years in circulation management with the Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis. Office: 218.855.8091 Email Ron for more information

darDar Houle
Dar graduated from Brainerd Community College with an Associate of Arts degree. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management and Communications from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dar holds Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), and Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), and Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certifications from Microsoft and holds Net+, Security+, and Certified Technical Trainer (CTT) certification from CompTIA. Dar worked in management as a director of purchasing for six years and was a senior analyst for a technology consulting firm before moving to Central Lakes College in the fall of 2000. She also spent five years as a customer service representative working with administrative support personnel and doing database programming in both PC and mainframe systems. Office: 218.855.8256 Email Dar for more information

sam_espanaSam Espana
Sam Espana has a wide range of work experience in the Information Technology (IT) industry. He’s held roles such as a systems analyst, systems/database administrator, programmer analyst, senior IT project manager, and Lean-Six Sigma Black Belt in Healthcare-IT (UnitedHealth Group, Regions Hospital). He’s taught computer courses as adjunct faculty at Dakota County Technical College since 1999. He also taught computer curriculum at Metropolitan State University and at Ridgewater College. He joined the team at CLC in 2015. Espana graduated from Winona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He earned a Master of Science in Software Engineering from the University of St. Thomas. Today, he’s working toward his doctorate degree in Information Security at Nova Southeastern University. His areas of interests include healthcare IT, cybersecurity, database management, networking, cloud computing, mobile application development and computer curriculum development. Outside of the classroom, Espana enjoys volunteering, outdoor activities and traveling. Office: 218-855-8291 Email Sam for more information

Student Testimonials

Janet

Minnesota Department Of Human Services; Information Technology Specialist 3 Mn.It Services @ State Operated Services
My computer degrees from CLC and St. Scholastica have served me well! Thank you for providing such a wonderful program.

Greg

Senior Software Engineer, 7Sigma Systems
My favorite things about the CLC Computer Technology department are the wide range of interesting classes, the friendly, helpful professors, and the affordable cost. CLC is an excellent path to take because it offers so many ways to achieve your goal. The CLC Computer Technology department is always putting the most current technology in front of the students.

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

 
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