Information Technology Specialist

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST General Info

NCC’s Information Technology Specialist graduates will be prepared to provide technical assistance to computer users, particularly in a small-business setting. Students will gain experience in a variety of IT skills including hardware, software applications, networking and programming, and principles of customer service. Students interested in this field should enjoy working with people, be able to answer questions and give advice to customers and co-workers. People working as Information Technology Specialists should be adept at learning about new technology and be willing to work on both hardware and software systems. Students will work towards a diploma during their first year of study and complete their Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in the second year of study.

Award

  • Associate of Applied Science degree
  • Diploma option is available after two semesters

Length

  • 2 Years | 4 Semesters & 1 Summer Term

Student Profile

  • Good communication skills
  • Good computer skills
  • Problem-solver
  • People person
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to multi-task

Contact Admissions

Requirements for this program

Programming

Course #TitleCredits
TERM 115
NET114-EFoundation of Information Technology3
NET303-EWindows Workstation Operating Systems3
CIS121-EIntro to Programming Logic3
CIS307-AIntroduction to Databases3
COM753-ETechnical Communications3
OR
SPC122-AInterpersonal Communications3
OR
SPC112-APublic Speaking3
TERM 215
MAT110-AMath for Liberal Arts3
NET785-EFundamentals of Desktop Support3
NET142-ENetwork Essentials3
BCA152-AComprehensive Spreadsheets3
CIS210-AWeb Development I3
ITS Diploma Awarded
TERM 3 (SUMMER)6
HUM110 -AChanges and Choices3
OR
SOC110-AIntroduction to Sociology3
CFR110-CEthics in the Information Age3
TERM 416
NET612-EFundamentals of Networking Security3
MAT121-ACollege Algebra4
BUS162-CWorkplace Professionalism3
WDV221-EJavascript3
Emphasis Elective*3
TERM 515
BCA265-EProject Management3
Emphasis Elective*3
Emphasis Elective*3
NET932-CInternship3
NET860-CInformation Technology Specialist Capstone3

Emphasis Electives

Course #TitleCredits
CIS210-AWeb Development I3
CIS211-AWeb Development II3
WDV221-EJavascript3
CIS169-CC#3
CIS161-AC++3
CIS606-EVisual Basic.NET I3
CIS171-EJava3
NET313-CWindows Server3
NET155-CIntroduction to Wireless Networks3
NET225-CRouting & Switching Essentials3
NET261-CVirtualization-Cloud Operations3
NET619-CNetwork Attacks: Detection, Analysis & Counter measures3
CIS185-COracle Academy: Database Design5
BCA167-CComprehensive Databases3
CIS332-CDatabase and SQL3
CIS334-CPHP/Apache/MySQL3

Network and Security

Course #         TitleCredits
TERM 115
NET114-EFoundation of Information Technology3
NET303-EWindows Workstation Operating Systems3
NET142 -ENetwork Essentials3
CIS307-AIntroduction to Databases3
COM753-ETechnical Communications3
OR
SPC122-A Interpersonal Communications3
OR
SPC112 -APublic Speaking3
TERM 215
MAT110-AMath for Liberal Arts3
NET785-EFundamentals of Desktop Support3
CIS121-EIntro to Programming Logic3
BCA152-AComprehensive Spreadsheets3
NET313-CWindows Server3
ITS Diploma Awarded
TERM 3 (SUMMER)6
HUM110-A Changes and Choices3
OR
SOC110-AIntroduction to Sociology3
CFR110-AEthics in the Information Age3
TERM 416
NET612-EFundamentals of Networking Security3
NET225-CRouting & Switching Essentials4
BUS162-CWorkplace Professionalism3
NET261-CVirtualization-Cloud Operations3
NET155-CIntroduction to Wireless Networks3
TERM 515
BCA265-EProject Management3
NET619-CNetwork Attacks: Detection, Analysis & Countermeasures3
Emphasis Elective*3
NET932-CInternship3
NET860-CInformation Technology Specialist Capstone3

Database Management

Course#TitleCredits
TERMS 1–3 (See Curriculum from Network and Security)
TERM 418
NET612-EFundamentals of Networking Security3
MAT121-ACollege Algebra4
BUS162-CWorkplace Professionalism3
CIS185-COracle Academy: Database Design5
BCA167-CComprehensive Databases3
TERM 515
BCA265-EProject Management3
CIS332-CDatabase and SQL3
Emphasis Elective*3
NET932-CInternship3
NET860-CInformation Technology Specialist Capstone3

Help Desk Technician Certificate

Course #TitleCredits
NET114 Foundation of Information Technology 3
NET303 Windows Workstation Operating Systems 3
NET785 Fundamentals of Desktop Support3

More Information

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit nwicc.edu/compliance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Information Technology Specialists work in a variety of businesses, offices, or call centers. Depending on your area of specialization, you have the potential to work in a variety of fields, including Customer Support/Help Desk Technicians, Programmers, Computer and Network Security Specialists, Entry-Level Database Administrators, or Computer/Network Sales Associates.

Salaries start at $15 per hour with potential to earn $30 per hour.

Your first year of study will prepare you to provide technical support to computer users and help troubleshoot software and hardware problems. During your second year, you will be able to focus your studies on programming, network and security, database management, or a combination of these areas. Many of your classes will be hands-on courses.

All of the courses in this program can be taken entirely online allowing you the flexibility of completing your degree from home. The program allows you to customize your degree, diploma, or certificate as a full or part-time student.

Student Story Tyler Gengler

“The instructors were very helpful! The skillset I received at NCC has helped me to be successful in my career.”

Computer Grad
Currently employed at Interstates, Sioux Center

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office will work with you to reach the goal of attending college. Federal and state programs, scholarships and other funding sources, may be available to help you to afford college. We know there are a lot of questions and stress planning to pay for a college education. The Financial Aid Office staff administers aid programs and counsels students in planning individual methods of meeting college costs. Contact the Financial Aid Office for answers to any questions regarding financial aid. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started! Northwest Iowa Community College follows a nationally accepted philosophy in administering financial aid programs.


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