Information Technology, Associate in Applied Science Degree

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Program Description for Information Technology

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, separates Information Technology (IT) into two tracks: Networking and Programming (Software Development); then, we provide further specialized concentrations: Networking (CCNA), Hardware/Help Desk, Server Administration, Security and Forensics, Programming (.NET), Database Administration, Web Development, Games and Simulations. Consulting opportunities will continue to grow as businesses increasingly need help managing, upgrading, and customizing more complex computer systems. Security and forensics are fast becoming one of the most sought after jobs in the marketplace. For details on salary and other information on the Networking field go to http:/www.bls.gov/oco/.

Networking or Programming?

The first decision you will make when entering the IT program is to select the Networking (Infrastructure) or Programming (Software Development/Engineering) track. The Networking track has a common first two semesters regardless of the concentration, as does the Programming track.  There are only a few common courses between the Networking and Programming tracks; so, it is important to decide early on which track you wish to pursue. Information Technology (IT) program faculty and advisors can help you in making your choice.

Networking Programming (Software Development)
Networking (CCNA) Programming (.NET)
Hardware/Helpdesk Database Management
Server Administration Web Development
Security and Forensics Games and Simulations

Partners for Information Technology

We have partnered with many companies to offer our IT students current curriculum and certification support. We are a Cisco Networking Academy, Oracle Academic Academy,CompTIA, MeasureUp, Certiport, Microsoft Academic Alliance, MTA, MOS).

Certifications for Information Technology

Cisco Systems logoOur curriculum is mapped to certifications; and we provide tools such as practice exams, testing vouchers, and a testing center to make getting one or more industry-standard certifications while taking classes (ex. Cisco Certified Network Associate, A+, Network+, Microsoft Technology Associate,Oracle) a seamless integration into your coursework.

Award Options for Information Technology

  • Associate in Applied Science - Database
  • Associate in Applied Science - Games and Simulations
  • Associate in Applied Science - Harware/Helpdesk
  • Associate in Applied Science - Networking
  • Associate in Applied Science - Programming
  • Associate in Applied Science - Server Administration
  • Associate in Applied Science - Security and Forensics
  • Associate in Applied Science - Web Development
  • Diploma - Networking
  • Diploma - Programming

Job Outlook for Information Technology

Student in lab working on computer.

Demand for Information Technology is expected to increase because of the rapid pace of improved tech. As computers and software become more complex, these individuals will be needed to provide technical assistance to customers and other users as well as maintain the desktop, server, and security devices on the company network. Consulting opportunities will continue to grow as businesses increasingly need help managing, upgrading, and customizing more complex computer systems. Employment and output in computer systems design and related services are projected to grow rapidly over the next decade, outpacing similar professional, scientific, and technical industries and the economy as a whole. Employment and output in the computer systems design and related services industry is expected to grow rapidly as firms and individual consumers continue to increase their use of information technology services For details on salary and other information on the Networking field go to http:/www.bls.gov/oco/.