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

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Requirements for this program

Programming

Course #TitleCredits
TERM 115
NET114Foundation of Information Technology3
NET303Windows Workstation Operating Systems3
CIS121Intro to Programming Logic3
CIS307Introduction to Databases3
COM753Technical Communications3
OR
SPC122Interpersonal Communications3
OR
SPC112Public Speaking3
TERM 215
MAT110Math for Liberal Arts3
NET785Fundamentals of Desktop Support3
NET142Network Essentials3
BCA152Comprehensive Spreadsheets3
CIS 210Web Development I3
TERM 3 (SUMMER)6
HUM110 Changes and Choices3
OR
SOC110 Introduction to Sociology3
CFR110 Ethics in the Information Age3
TERM 416
NET612Fundamentals of Networking Security3
MAT121College Algebra4
BUS162Workplace Professionalism3
WDV221Javascript3
Emphasis Elective*3
TERM 515
BCA265Project Management3
Emphasis Elective*3
Emphasis Elective*3
NET932Internship3
NET860Information Technology Specialist Capstone3

Emphasis Electives

Course #TitleCredits
CIS210Web Development I3
CIS211Web Development II3
WDV221Javascript3
CIS169C#3
CIS161C++3
CIS606Visual Basic.NET I3
CIS171Java3
NET313Windows Server3
NET155Introduction to Wireless Networks3
NET225Routing & Switching Essentials3
NET261Virtualization-Cloud Operations3
NET619Network Attacks: Detection, Analysis & Counter measures3
CIS185Oracle Academy: Database Design5
BCA167Comprehensive Databases3
CIS332Database and SQL3
CIS334PHP/Apache/MySQL3

Network and Security

Course #         TitleCredits
TERM 115
NET114 Foundation of Information Technology3
NET303Windows Workstation Operating Systems3
NET142 Network Essentials3
CIS 307 Introduction to Databases3
COM753 Technical Communications3
OR
SPC 22 Interpersonal Communications3
OR
SPC112  Public Speaking3
TERM 215
MAT110Math for Liberal Arts3
NET785Fundamentals of Desktop Support3
CIS121Intro to Programming Logic3
BCA52Comprehensive Spreadsheets3
NET313Windows Server3
TERM 3 (SUMMER)6
HUM110 Changes and Choices3
OR
SOC110Introduction to Sociology3
CFR110Ethics in the Information Age3
TERM 416
NET612Fundamentals of Networking Security3
NET225Routing & Switching Essentials4
BUS162Workplace Professionalism3
NET261Virtualization-Cloud Operations3
NET155Introduction to Wireless Networks3
TERM 515
BCA 265Project Management3
NET619Network Attacks: Detection, Analysis & Countermeasures3
Emphasis Elective*3
NET932Internship3
NET860Information Technology Specialist Capstone3

Database Management

Course#TitleCredits
TERMS 1–3 (See Curriculum from Network and Security above)
TERM 418
NET612Fundamentals of Networking Security3
MAT121College Algebra4
BUS162Workplace Professionalism3
CIS185Oracle Academy: Database Design5
BCA167Comprehensive Databases3
TERM 515
BCA265Project Management3
CIS332Database and SQL3
Emphasis Elective*3
NET932Internship3
NET860Information 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.

Tuition & Financial Aid