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Computer Information Technology A.A.S.

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.

Instructors
Chuck Lund
Chuck Lund has over 20 years experience working in the field of information technology, and is currently a Computer Technology Instructor for Central Lakes College, in Brainerd. Chuck maintains industry certifications in networking, hardware repair and maintenance, software and operating system support, and project management.
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Dar 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
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Ron 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
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Luke Andresen
I received an AAS in Computer Programming from St. Cloud Technical College (SCTC)and went to work for an IT consulting firm in St. Cloud. From there, I moved on to a telecommuting job for another consulting firm and was pretty much at home all the time. I found that I needed to get out of the house from time to time and started teaching one night a week at SCTC. That is when I found my passion for teaching. A full time teaching opportunity presented itself at SCTC and I was lucky enough to get it and I taught Computer Programming and Microcomputer Support courses.

My next teaching job brought me to Century College in the Twin Cities teaching primarily Cisco networking courses. Now I am fortunate enough to have earned a position here at Central Lakes College teaching Computer Technology and working to develop a Mobile Applications Development program. I am a first generation college student and a non-traditional student, earning a BAS in Technology Management from Bemidji State University while working full time, supporting a family and paying a mortgage. My background gives me a firm understanding of some of the challenges of earning an education. IT is an awesome field with growth and earning potential for graduates. My hope is that you will find a passion for IT and your success and earnings will follow.
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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.

Bureau of Labor 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