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Information Technology

(Formerly Business Computer Systems)


Associate Degrees

Computer Specialist (AAS-BCS-COMS)

In this program, the student will learn business applications and demonstrate fluency in database, spreadsheet, word processing, and digital publishing. Students will learn technical skills in operating systems and networking technologies, as well as microcomputer concepts, while also being exposed to the use of computer virtualization. During the last semester, students will be required to secure an internship within an Information Technology (IT) department of a local company. This internship will provide students with valuable industry experience. Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science degree for Computer Specialist will be equipped with the necessary skills to enter the IT workforce in places such as local or small businesses, school districts, banks, and hospitals. The credits earned In the Associate of Applied Science in Computer Specialist transfer to the Bachelor of Applied Technologies in Computer and Information Technologies degree (BAT-CIT).

Networking Specialist (AAS-BCS-NETS)

The Associate of Applied Science in Networking Specialist enlists a number of Information Technology (IT) skills, starting with business productivity software and then adding a greater emphasis on advanced skills in computer networking through the Cisco Networking Academy. Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to design, quote, set up, maintain, manage, and upgrade a network. In addition to the networking skills, students will also learn technical skills in operating systems, server administration, and information security, while also being exposed to the use of computer virtualization. During the last semester, students will be required to secure an internship within an IT department of a local company. This internship will provide students with valuable industry experience. Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science degree for Networking Specialist will be greatly qualified with the necessary skills to enter the IT workforce in places such as local or small businesses, school districts, banks, and hospitals. The credits earned In the Associate of Applied Science in Computer Specialist transfer to the Bachelor of Applied Technologies in Computer and Information Technologies degree (BAT-CIT).

Digital Forensics Specialist (AAS-BCS-DIFS)

This hands-on Digital Forensics Associate of Applied Science degree offers practical experience in a wide array of information security and digital forensics situations that are applicable to the real world. The student will be exposed to everything from how to properly conduct an assessment, and secure and document a network. In addition, the student will learn how to establish a proper chain of custody that is admissible in a court of law when recovering files from intentionally damaged media. This associate's degree will prepare students to get certified by Cisco Networking Academy and CompTIA.

Digital Forensics Specialists are needed by today's companies to protect computer networks and determine the root cause of malicious attacks, legally collect evidence admissible in court, and protect corporate assets and reputation. Upon successfully completing the program, students may work with various Federal Government agencies, private industry, and even local government agencies that need to protect their computer networks. They can also find themselves working for agencies that need to conduct investigations of computer systems that may have been used to commit a crime.

During the last semester, students are required to secure an internship within a local company's IT department. This Internship will allow students to gain valuable industry experience.

Certificates

Computer and Information Technologies Specialist (CT1-TSS)

The Computer and Information Technologies Specialist program is designed to provide a student with in depth knowledge and skills necessary for today's fast-paced, ever-changing world of Information Technology (IT). Students are exposed to a variety of business productivity software for spreadsheets and database management systems, as well as developmental and graphical design software for tasks such as photo editing, web design, and programming. The program further expands on IT comprehension and abilities in the networking and operating systems areas, while being exposed to computer virtualization. While most credits obtained through this certificate transfer to the Associate of Applied Science degree for Networking Specialist, all credits will transfer to the Associate of Applied Science for Computer Specialist and the Bachelor of Applied Technologies in Computer and Information Technologies degree (BAT-CIT).

Computer and Network Specialist Certificate (CT1-CPNE)

The Computer and Network Specialist program prepares students with the necessary skills to excel in a variety of Information Technology environments. Students gain advanced skills and knowledge in some of today's dominating business applications, as well as proficiency in networking and operating systems skills, while also being exposed to the use of computer virtualization. All credits earned through this certificate transfer to the Associate of Applied Science degree for Networking Specialist and Computer Specialist. They also transfer to the Bachelor of Applied Technologies in Computer and Information Technologies degree (BAT-CIT).

Computer Applications Specialist Certificate (CT1-COMP)

The Computer Applications Specialist program prepares students to meet the demand for advanced skills and knowledge in some of today's leading business applications. Students completing this certificate are equipped with comprehensive abilities in business productivity software such as word processing, spreadsheet, and database management systems. They also finish the program with extensive experience in the use of multimedia software for tasks such as digital publishing and photo editing. All credits earned in this program transfer to the Computer and Information Technologies Certificate and the Associate of Applied Science degree for Computer Specialist.

Cybersecurity/Digital Forensics Specialist (CT1-CDFS)

This hands-on Cybersecurity/Digital Forensics Program offers practical experience in a wide array of information security and digital forensics situations that are applicable to the real world. The student will be exposed to everything from how to properly conduct an assessment, and secure and document a network. In addition, the student will learn how to establish a proper chain of custody that is admissible in a court of law when recovering files from intentionally damaged media. This certificate will prepare students for a career in information security. It will prepare students to get certified by Cisco Networking Academy and CompTIA. This certificate will allow the student to transfer all the credits to the Associate of Applied Science degree for Digital Forensics Specialist.

Multimedia Specialist (CT1-MULT)

The Multimedia Specialist Certificate is intended for students who are interested in the multimedia side of technology. In addition to gaining experience with business productivity software such as word processing and presentation software, students in this program are further exposed to interactive digital media software, where they learn skills in photo editing, digital publishing, and web development. Most credits earned will transfer to the Computer and Information Technologies Certificate and to the Associate of Applied Science degree for Computer Specialist.

Staff Faculty

Name E-mail Phone Location
Garcia, Araceli - Secretary agrc319 956-872-6101 TECH A231
Zaragoza, Isauro - Lab Assistant idzaragoza 956-872-6184 TECH A223
Name E-mail Phone Location
Peña, Gabriela gpena 956-872-6174 TECH A218
Pomares, Patricia patricia 956-872-2765 TECH A215
Rosenbaum, Maby mabyp 956-872-2779 TECH C130
Salinas, Francisco Jr. fsalinas 956-872-6277 TECH A221
Teniente, Angelita angele3 956-872-3505 Pecan P 27B "E"
Zaragoza, Norma nmorales 956-872-2716 TECH A220

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