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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

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 (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)
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  (3 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

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.

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.

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.

Instructors

dar houle

Dar Houle

Computer Tech Instructor
218-855-8256
Brainerd W204
dar houle
Dar Houle

Computer Tech Instructor

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.

218-855-8256
Brainerd W204
ron houle

Ron Houle

Computer Tech Instructor
218-855-8091
Dual W204
ron houle
Ron Houle

Computer Tech Instructor

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.

218-855-8091
Dual W204

Student Testimonials

Stephenie

Before I started at CLC, I wasn’t sure if it was possible for me to succeed as a woman in the IT field. Taking classes at CLC has made me realize I can be successful and excel in this field. My professors are personable, supportive, and they challenge you to perform at your best. Even as an online student, we’re given the resources and support to thrive. I’m so excited for my future as a woman in the field of Information Technology, thanks to CLC and the amazing teachers!

Lori Hermanson

As a non-traditional student, and a full-time employee, I didn’t think going back to college to earn a degree in the IT field was an option. That was until I found the Computer Information Technology degree offered online at CLC. Now, I’m pursuing that dream. The program offers up-to-date classes that deliver a real hands-on approach, giving me the applied practical experience I need. The instructors are dedicated to the field, and available to help and provide support when needed so I can be successful. Combined with the ease and flexibility of being able to take classes online, going back to college just became a wonderful and stress-free experience. I look forward to the exciting opportunities and future doors this program will open for me in the IT field.

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