Computer and Information Technologies
This program includes tracks in 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 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 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 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.
Microsoft + Cisco - This specialization combines the previous two specializations and fully prepares the student for introductory careers in computer support and administration.
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.).
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Programming - Software Development
- CISCO Networking Associate
- CISCO Networking Enhanced
- CIT Fundamentals
- Computer Tech Basic
- Computer Technician
- Computer Support Technician
- Information Security Specialist
- Microsoft Enterprise Administrator
- Microsoft Network Administrator
- Network Technologies Specialist
- Social Media Specialist
- Web Administration
- Web Programming
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.
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Length of Program
If taken full-time, the AAS degree in Information Technology should take about 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 bachelors degree. Work with both your program coordinator and a university advisor to ensure your courses transfer smoothly.
Transfer Programs (After an AAS in CIT at HCC)
- Western Kentucky University
- Murray State University
- Austin Peay State University
Other CIS/CS Programs (After an AA or AS at HCC)
- Austin Peay State University
- Morehead State University
- Bachelors of Business Administration Computer Information Systems available online
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.
Jason Lee, Program Coordinator
Office: FTC RM 229
Phone: (270) 707-3971