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Computer and Information Technologies

This program includes tracks in Applications, Information Security, Internet Technologies, Network Administration, and Programming, with a core of courses common to all. The core includes a general education component essential to a collegiate education and a technical component giving students an introduction to information systems, computer applications, program development, system maintenance, networking, security, Internet technologies, database design, and collaborative system development. In addition to core courses, students take specialty courses for their selected track.

The ApplicationsComputer Support track emphasizes several aspects of application software. It includes such productivity applications as: word processing, spreadsheets, database management, presentation, geographic information systems, website development/maintenance, and help desk tracking systems. Completion of this track will prepare students to work with computer-based systems in business and industry. It also provides an in-depth knowledge of application software, computer system configurations, Help Desk Tools/Software, end-user documentation, user training, and other user support skills.

The Information Security track will provide a solid background in information security. Fundamentals of information security, offensive and defensive techniques, and security topics such as operating system security, network security design, or other security topics are covered. This track will help prepare students for entry-level positions of network security, auditing and penetration testing, firewall configuration, and computer crime investigation.

The Internet Technologies - Web Administration track prepares students to design, program, and maintain Internet-based services. With specializations in web programming and web server administration, this track will help prepare students for positions developing and maintaining interactive web sites. Students are immersed in web administration, covering topics such as Active Directory, Internet protocols and network infrastructure.

The Network Administration track provides the concepts and skills needed to design, set-up, maintain and expand network and telecommunications systems. The curriculum provides specific training in Cisco, and/or Microsoft network systems. Upon completion of the track, the graduate will be qualified to take industry designed and recognized certification examinations. Employment opportunities include entry-level positions in installation and administration of local and wide area networks in medium to large businesses and organizations, and computer network administration positions in small businesses.

Microsoft Windows Administration – This specialization covers the core skills students need to effectively build and administer computer networks from a software perspective.

Cisco Networking Associate – Exploration – The curriculum teaches networking based on technology, covering networking concepts using a top-down, theoretical, and hardware-based approach – from network applications to the network protocols and services provided to those applications by the lower layers of the network.

The Programming - Software Development track prepares students to design, develop, and maintain computer programs written in current and emerging programming languages. With tracks in Information Systems and Software Development, students successfully completing this track are prepared for entry-level positions in computer programming.  This track emphasizes computer software development. Students completing the Software Development track study a minimum of two computer programming languages at an advanced level and additional programming language(s) at an introductory level. Flexibility within this track allows students to focus on a specific area of software development by means of the programming languages they choose to study (object-oriented programming, database programming, game development, etc.).


Available Credentials

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Applications - Computer Support

Information Security


Internet Technologies - Web Administration
Network Administration
Programming - Software Development

Certificates

For definitions of AAS and Certificates. 

Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities may include entry-level positions such as computer programmer, installation and administration of local and wide area networks, and web programmers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, salaries in Kentucky can range from $43,360 and $80,520. Computer systems design and related services are one of the 20 industries with the largest projected wage and salary employment growth, 2010 – 2020.

Admission Requirements

See the college’s general admission requirements.

Length of Program

If taken full-time, the AAS degree in Information Technology should take you two years to complete.

Opportunities for More Education

The AAS in Computer and Information Technologies can be transferred to a university to be accepted as credits towards a bachelor’s degree. Work with both your program coordinator and a university advisor to ensure your courses transfer smoothly.

NOCTI Exam

During the capstone course for this program (CIT 291), students will be required to take the NOCTI exam.  At that point each student will follow the procedure established by their home college in order to register for the exam.  The document here provides information for each college.  Please contact the program coordinator if you find any information to be out of date.

NOCTI Procedures PDF icon

Contact

Kristen Lancaster, Program Coordinator
Office: Fort Campbell Campus, Education Center, RM 229
Phone: (270) 707-3961
Email: HP-CIT@kctcs.edu