The Computer Information Technology degree program offers students a diverse technical curriculum that provides an understanding of many areas of information technology (IT). The program features a core of technical courses that covers topics such as network security, operating systems/troubleshooting, database design, and two tracks of directed electives that allow students to concentrate their focus on either programming or networking. The program also includes a semester-long internship in which students apply the skills learned in the classroom in a job assignment. Graduates in the field of Information Technology may enter the world of work in a number of computer-related positions such as computer support specialists, network technicians, and help desk technicians. They may leverage the skills acquired in our courses to prepare for industry-recognized certification credentials or to pursue baccalaureate degrees.
Information Technology (IT) is an essential component of the today’s workplace. The need for highly skilled computer professionals will continue to grow and computer professionals will be expected to integrate knowledge of a wide array of emerging tools, including mobile devices, cloud computing, security systems, to name a few. Additionally, work is done in diverse teams using collaborative software and integration is as important as system development. The student seeking to enter this field will require a broad range of expertise from operating systems installation to application support.
The employment outlook for computer support specialists, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), is expected to grow 18 percent from 2010 to 2020. There is a growing need for these skills as organizations upgrade their computer equipment and software to newer technology. Additionally, mobile computing and health care IT require new software application which will increase the demand for specialized application development skills. BLS also reports that “The need for stronger cyber security will drive the demand for developers to design new software to detect, contain, and prevent viruses.”
The Connecticut Department of Labor projects technical occupations are expected to gain more new jobs that any other occupational group. The nationwide and local trends all indicate that there will be a significant need of skill IT professionals to meet the growing demands of the Connecticut labor force.
Courses within the Computer Information Technology degree transfer to Central Connecticut State University and other colleges with the State University system. Students seeking to transfer should seek the advice of the Program Coordinator.
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Professor/Program Coordinator HIM & Information Systems
Office Location: Wheaton 313