Computer Information Systems
Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Computer Information Systems (CIS) Department is to be dynamic
and innovative in its learning-centered curriculum which promotes effective teaching,
life-long learning, the advancement of knowledge, problem-solving, and a commitment
to the community. The CIS Department provides opportunities both to gain necessary
skills for employment and to upgrade abilities for career advancement by embracing
state-of-the-art technology. Program graduates are prepared to live and contribute
effectively in a rapidly changing, technologically advanced society.
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In our rapidly changing world, the demand is growing for jobs in Information Technology.
The Aims Computer Information Systems/Computer Science Department can give you the
skills you need to succeed in this exciting industry. Our goal is to produce well-trained
employees who will succeed in any employment opportunity.
New This Fall!
A Cyber Security Specialist certificate
The certificate is designed to prepare students for entry into the field. Courses
will provide a comprehensive overview of network security and knowledge necessary
to protect data confidentiality, integrity and availability. Students will learn about
threats to computer networks, including vulnerability assessment as well as incident
response, disaster recovery and computer forensics. The classes will also help to
prepare students to take the CompTIA Security+, Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+) and the
Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certification exams.
Cyber Security Launch Presentation
CNG 120: A+ Certification Preparation
Students who want a career in IT or professionals already in the field can benefit
from the CompTIA A+ certification.
NOTE: This class is taking the place of the CIS 124 class.
This class will prepare students for the CompTIA A+ certification examinations and
includes a hands-on experience with PC hardware, operating systems, PC configuration
Two sections are offered:
|Monday / Wednesday
||12:20 - 2 p.m.
|Tuesday / Thursday
||7:15 - 8:55 p.m.
Potential entry-level job opportunities include:
- Web Developer
- Network Technician
- Database Administrator
- Mobile Web Application Developer
- Desktop Application Developer
- Cyber Security Specialist
We offer two associate of applied science degrees:
- A.A.S., Computer Information Systems
- A.A.S., Web Design and Development
In addition to the two degrees, this department offers eight certificates. All courses
in the certificates apply to the degrees.
- C# Certificate (18 credits) - C# is a modern, general purpose, object-oriented programming language designed around
the Common Language Infrastructure. A great C# developer is capable of handling many
aspects of developing an application, including but not limited to performance, scalability,
security, testing, and more. C# developers can develop modern applications that run
on desktop computers, or even sophisticated back-end processes powering modern web
- Database Management Certificate (22 credits) - A database manager provides Data Maintenance, Database Management, Promoting Process Improvement, Presenting Technical
Information, Database Design, Reporting Skills, Quality Focus, Technical Understanding,
Attention to Detail, Thoroughness, Requirements Analysis.
Go to Information on Gainful Employment Certificate: Database Management
- Cyber Security Specialist Certificate - NEW - beginning Fall 2017 (25 credits) - Cybersecurity specialists work with organizations to keep their computer information
systems secure. They determine who requires access to which information, and then
plan, coordinate and implement information security programs. Using a multi-layered
approach, they use their specialized expertise and up-to-date knowledge to help protect
against Web threats that facilitate cyber crime, including malware, phishing, viruses,
denial-of-service attacks, information warfare and hacking.
- CIS Information Technology Certificate (30 credits) - this is a general certificate
that will help you obtain a position as a help desk specialist. A specialist is responsible for providing technical assistance and support related to computer systems,
hardware, or software. Responds to queries, runs diagnostic programs, isolates problem,
and determines and implements solution.
Go to Information on Gainful Employment Certificate: CIS Information Technology
- Network Analyst Certificate (25 credits) - As a network analyst, you’ll be responsible for the installation, layout, and maintenance
of all network components within a company. Many network analysts find that they become quite involved in both the business side
and technical side of a company. This means it can be necessary to identify problems
within the business and then identify a suitable technical solution. You’ll be required to plan, design, analyse, and provide technical support for the
data communications network. Work can also include research and evaluation of network
technology and recommending purchases of network equipment. Typically, you could be working for a large retail company, government department
or financial institution for example. Alternatively you could work for an IT company
that specializes in troubleshooting projects.
Go to Information on Gainful Employment Certificate: Network Analyst
- UNIX Certificate (19 credits) - This certificate will help you will skills to provide system support for all UNIX/Linux
based software by implementing, monitoring and maintaining systems and application
software running under UNIX/Linux. Application development involves the process, life
cycle and creation of the software aimed at helping users complete a computer task
or program. Developers work closely with computer analysts and engineers in using
languages such as Java, C++ or ORACLE to develop the necessary specifications for
software. Developers may also test, debug and improve generally faulty applications
Go to Information on Gainful Employment Certificate: UNIX
- Web Development Certificate (25 credits) - The web development role is responsible for designing, coding and modifying websites,
from layout to function and according to a client's specifications. Developers strive
to create visually appealing sites that feature user-friendly design and clear navigation.A web designer (see the Graphic Technology Department) creates the look, layout, and
features of a website. The job involves understanding both graphic design and computer
programming. Once a website is created, a designer helps with maintenance and additions
to the website. Designers work with development teams or managers for keeping the
site up-to-date and prioritizing needs, among other tasks.
Go to Information on Gainful Employment Certificate: Web Development
Check out the essential skills guide, which lists commonly encountered qualities and skills typically necessary
to be succeed in a particular program or area of interest.