Program Description

The IT Professional Associate degree will emphasize specialized training in home and corporate networking; computer maintenance; operating system installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting; information security; computer programming; and web site design. These skills represent the subset of knowledge expected from graduates in the MGTC service area. The program graduate receives an Associate of Applied Science Degree and is employable as an< information technology specialist, help desk support specialist, network installation specialist, PC repair technician, or network administrator.

Occupational Trends

Employment of IT professionals is expected to increase by 14 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for these workers will result as organizations and individuals continue to adopt the newest forms of technology. As technology becomes more complex and widespread, support specialists will be needed in greater numbers to resolve the technical problems that arise. Businesses, especially, will demand greater levels of support, as information technology has become essential in the business environment.

Education Programs

Work experience/on-the-job training; technical education and post-secondary training.

Actual Job/Career IT Professionals provide technical assistance, support, and advice to individuals and organizations that depend on information technology. They work within organizations that use computer systems, for computer hardware or software vendors, or for third-party organizations that provide support services on a contract basis, such as help-desk service firms. They set up, test, and evaluate systems such as local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), the Internet, intranets, and other data communications systems.

Degrees
Information Technology Professional
core courses (15)
ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
3
XXXX xxxx Social/Behavior Science course
(3)
MATH 1100 Quantitative Skills & Reasoning (3)
MATH 1101 Mathematical Modeling (3)
MATH 1103 Quantitative Skills & Reasoning (3)
MATH 1111 College Algebra
(3)
XXXX xxxx Humanities/Fine Arts course
(3)
XXXX xxxx General Core Elective (3)
Information Technology Professional
occupational courses (50)
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers
3
CIST 1001 Computer Concepts
4
CIST 1122 Hardware Installation & Maintenance
4
CIST 1305 Program Design & Development 3
CIST 1601 Information Security Fundamentals
3
CIST 2411 Microsoft Client
4
CIST 2451 Introduction to Networks - CISCO
4
CIST 2452 Cisco Switching, Routing & Wireless Essentials
4
CIST xxxx CIST Elective
10
CIST xxxx Operating Systems Elective 3
CIST xxxx Programming Elective
4
CIST xxxx Server Elective
3


Diplomas
Information Technology Professional
core courses (8)
 
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I
3
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics
3
EMPL 1000 Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development
2
Information Technology Professional
occupational courses (50)
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers
3
CIST 1001 Computer Concepts
4
CIST 1122 Hardware Installation & Maintenance
4
CIST 1305 Program Design & Development 3
CIST 1601 Information Security Fundamentals
3
CIST 2411 Microsoft Client
4
CIST 2451 Introduction to Networks - CISCO
4
CIST 2452 Cisco Switching, Routing & Wireless Essentials
4
CIST xxxx CIST Elective
10
CIST xxxx Operating Systems Elective 3
CIST xxxx Programming Elective
4
CIST xxxx Server Elective
3


TCCs
Computer Programming Certificate
Information Technology Fundamentals - IT41 10 credits
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computer Literacy
3
CIST 1001 Computer Concepts
4
Choose One Course
CIST 1305 Program Design and Development 3
CIST 1401 Computer Networking Fundamentals 4
CIST 1510 Web Development I 3




*All program information subject to change without notice.

 

Program Admission Information

High school diploma or GED Required for admission.

ACCUPLACER SCORES

Min. ScoresDegreeDiploma
Sentence Skills 70 60
Reading Comp. 64 55
Arithmetic N/A N/A
Algebra 57 34

Instructors & Faculty