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Information Systems Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree

The Information Systems Technology program at Tidewater Community College offers an Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) degree. It is expected that those students receiving an AAS degree will, upon graduation, join the workforce. The program is not considered a transfer program although some courses may transfer to four-year institutions. It is up to the receiving institutions to determine if they will accept any courses in the program for transfer.

The AAS degree is a 68 semester hour program. Thirty-three credits come from general education and business-related course work. The remaining credits come from the Information Systems Technology area.


The Four Core Information Systems Technology Program Requirements

Sixteen credits for the AAS degree in Information Systems Technology are:

  • ITN 101 Introduction to Network Concepts*
  • ITN 106 Microcomputer Operating Systems*
  • ITN 107 Personal Computer Hardware and Troubleshooting
  • ITP 100 Software Design

The IT Approved Electives must all come from one of the eleven career study areas. This will give the student an area of concentration in Information Systems.

*There are two exceptions to the above list. Those students in the Database Specialist program should take ITN 171 instead of ITN 106 and Web Development Specialist students should take ITE 130 instead of ITN 101.

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IST Challenge Exams

A challenge exam will allow a student to take a test to demonstrate they already have the required knowledge of the material covered in a course through work experience or previous coursework. There are challenge exams available for the following courses:

  • ITE 115 - Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts
  • ITE 130 - Introduction to Internet Services
  • ITN 101 - Introduction to Network Concepts
  • ITN 106 - Microcomputer Operating Systems
  • ITN 107 - PC Hardware & Troubleshooting
  • ITN 171 - UNIX I
  • ITP 100 - Software Design

The ITN 107 exam has both a written and a hands-on portion. Students who take an exam must pass with a 70 percent or better and will receive credit for taking the class. The results of challenge exams do not transfer. No grade is assigned. Please contact the Information Technology and Business Division Office, 822-7373 or ITBusiness@tcc.edu, for dates, times and location.

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Selecting a Career Study Concentration

Many students know exactly the area in which they wish to specialize when they begin their degree program. However, for those students who are not certain, it is recommended that they begin with the four core courses that are required for all concentrations. These four core courses give students a strong foundation in several areas, including programming and networking. The only exception to this would be those students who are going into the Database Specialist and Web Development Specialist programs. The database students should take ITN 171 instead of ITN 106 and the web development students should take ITE 130 instead of ITN 101. By the time a student finishes these four courses, he/she will have a good idea of the area in which to concentrate. Frequently, the faculty members who teach the core courses also teach an advanced course in a career studies program. Talking with faculty who teach in the concentration is one of the best ways to learn more about that area.

Many students choose the Information Systems Technology area because they have heard that they can make a very high salary in an IT/Computer field. There is potential for high salaries in the IT work place. However, students need to be certain that this is an area that they both enjoy and for which they have an aptitude. Graduating with an IST degree alone will not guarantee you a job. Employers look at grades, commitment, and work experience when you are searching for a job. Employers may look at certifications for those applicants who do not have relevant work experience or to differentiate between qualified candidates.

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Information Systems Technology or Computer Science?

The Associate of Science degree with a concentration in Computer Science is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a baccalaureate degree. The AS in Computer Science is a more rigorous program mathematically, requiring two semesters of calculus, and has a greater emphasis on theory and design. The Associate of Applied Science degree in Information Systems Technology prepares students to be able to join the workforce at the end of the program. Students will be prepared for entry-level positions such as junior programmers, web designers, computer support specialists, software support specialists, network administrators, database administrators, and a variety of other technician-level positions in areas such as web managers, network security specialists, database specialists, network infrastructure specialists, and GIS technicians. The AAS in Information Systems Technology also offers nine different concentration areas many of them leading to industry certifications in areas such as Microsoft Certified IT Professional, Certified Internet Webmaster, Cisco Certified Networking Associate and Oracle Database Administrator.

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Information Systems Technology Certificate
In addition to offering the Associate degree in Applied Sciences, Tidewater Community College also offers a Certificate in Information Systems Technology. This program has fewer credit requirements in the general education and business related course areas than does the AAS degree. Students select from ONE of the Career Studies programs to define an area of concentration.

Information Systems Technology Career Studies

The IST program consists of a number of career studies options that focus on a specific career field in information systems technology. These programs are best suited for individuals who already hold a degree and want to change careers or who seek advancement in their current field.

Before entering a career studies program, students should have a strong foundation in microcomputer applications (ITE 115). Students should also have a strong foundation in computer concepts to include microcomputer operating systems, programming, network fundamentals, and computer hardware troubleshooting prior to beginning the program. This foundation can be obtained by completing the core IST courses.


Cloud Computing

The Career Studies Certificate program in Cloud Computing prepares students to install, deploy, configure, manage, secure, and analyze cloud computing technologies. A graduate may be employed in positions such as storage manager, storage administrator, storage architect, business continuity administrator, business recovery administrator, cloud architect, cloud administrator, server administrator, server systems administrator, monitoring operator, network administrator, or systems analyst.

This Career Studies Certificate program is designed for working professionals with substantial networking experience. Before entering the program, students must successfully complete ITN 101 (Introduction to Network Concepts). TCC is a member of the EMC Academic Alliance(EMCAA) and an authorized VMware Academic partner, which entitles students to sit for Industry certification exams.

Faculty Contact: Robert Guess
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Database Specialist

The Database Specialist career studies certificate program is designed to provide students with skills in designing, implementing, maintaining, and troubleshooting relational databases. Graduates can be employed as database administrators, database analysts, or database specialists.

TCC is an Oracle Academic Initiative (OAI) Partner and an authorized Oracle training site. The courses in this program prepare students for the examinations leading to Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) and Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) industry certifications.

Faculty Contact: Susan Dozier or Mary Gable
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) career studies certificate program is designed to provide students with skills to visualize, analyze, and model systems to help in the planning and decision-making processes of a business organization, making geographical information accessible to scientists, planners, decision makers, and the public. Graduates can be employed as GIS specialists within private, public, or governmental agencies.

This advanced career studies certificate program requires a strong background in microcomputer applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, operating systems, Internet maneuverability, and e-mail. Students can obtain proficiency in these areas by completing the coursework in ITE 115. When selecting GIS Approved Electives from a specific concentration, students should ensure that all prerequisite coursework has been completed.

Faculty Contacts: George Mcleod
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Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT)

TThe Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Career Studies Certificate program provides students with skills to work as analysts in the geospatial field of intelligence in positions such as cartographic analyst, geospatial intelligence analyst, marine analyst, nautical cartographic analyst, program management execution officer, system engineer, geodetic surveyor, geospatial data steward, imagery intelligence analyst, orbit analyst, regional source analyst, research analyst, and source strategist.

This advanced Career Studies Certificate program requires a strong background in microcomputer applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, operating systems, Internet maneuverability, and e-mail. Students can obtain proficiency in these areas by completing ITE 115.

Faculty Contacts: George Mcleod or Carolyn McLellan
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Network Administration

The Network Administration career studies certificate program is designed to provide students with a broad background in network administration utilizing a number of network operating systems, such as Windows, Unix, and Linux. In addition, students configure and maintain routers to support the network infrastructure. Graduates can be employed as network administrators or help desk technicians.

Depending upon the selection of courses, students are prepared for Cisco, Microsoft, and CompTIA industry certification examinations.

Faculty Contacts: Robert Guess, Louis Tinaro or Bonita Volker
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Network Enterprise Administrator - Windows 2008

The Network Enterprise Administrator Windows 2008 career studies certificate program is designed to provide students with the skills to plan, design, configure, administer, maintain, analyze, and troubleshoot a local area network and an enterprise-level network using the Windows 2008 server operating system. Graduates can be employed as server administrators, server systems administrators, monitoring operators, local area network administrators, enterprise systems administrators, IT system administrators, enterprise security administrators, or systems architects.

The courses in this program prepare students in their pursuit of the following Microsoft certification exams:

  • The Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exam, by successfully completing ITN 110.

  • A number of Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) exams, each focusing on a specific technology. Each course in this program has its own MCTS exam.

  • The Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) Server Administrator exam, which focuses on the day-to-day operations and management of a Windows 2008 network. Applicable courses are ITN 111, ITN 112, and ITN 113.

  • The Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) Enterprise Administrator exam, which focuses on network design. Applicable courses are ITN 110, ITN 112, ITN 113, ITN 212, and ITN 215.
Faculty Contacts: Gary Noah or Louis Tinaro
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Network Infrastructure Specialist (CISCO)

The Network Infrastructure Specialist career studies certificate program is designed to provide students with the skills to install and configure a network, optimize Wide Area Networks (WANs) through Internet access solutions that reduce bandwidth and lower costs, configure routers and switches, design and implement wireless solutions, and secure the networks. Graduates can be employed as network infrastructure administrators, specialists, analysts, or engineers.

TCC is a Cisco Regional Academy that provides training and support for local academies in our service area. The courses in this program prepare students for the examinations leading to industry certifications as a Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) and as a Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP).

Faculty Contacts: Gregg Tennefoss
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Network Security

The Network Security career studies certificate program is designed to provide students with the skills to recognize and prevent threats to information and information systems and to master techniques for defense against such threats. Security models, intrusion detection, incident handling, firewalls, perimeter protection, and network security law issues are covered in the coursework. Graduates can be employed as information security officers and network security specialists in local businesses, educational institutions, and governmental agencies.

This advanced career studies certificate program is designed for working professionals with significant networking experience. ITN 260 prepares the students for the CompTIA Security+ certification examination. Depending upon the selection of courses, students are prepared for Cisco, Microsoft, and other CompTIA industry certification examinations.

Faculty Contact: Robert Guess
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Programmer Trainee

The Programmer Trainee career studies certificate program is designed to provide students with the skills to apply critical-thinking and problem-solving techniques utilizing structured and object-oriented programming languages. Students design, code, debug, and document their programs in addition to developing web-based application programs. Graduates can be employed as entry-level programmers or applications support personnel.

Languages currently supported include: Java, Visual Basic.NET, C++, C#.NET, PL/SQL, and ASP.NET.

Faculty Contacts: Lisa Carter or Don Mendonsa
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Virtualization

The Virtualization career studies certificate program prepares students to install, deploy, configure, manage, secure, and analyze a VMware virtual infrastructure in a networked environment. Graduates can be employed as server administrators, server systems administrators, monitoring operators, local area network administrators, enterprise systems administrators, IT system administrators, enterprise security administrators, or systems architects, along with a growing field of VMware specialists.

This advanced career studies certificate program is designed for working professionals with substantial networking experience. Students must complete the coursework in ITN 101 before entering the program. TCC is a member of the EMC Academic Alliance (EMCAA), which enables students to sit for the EMC Proven Professional Associate certification examination. TCC is an authorized VMware Academic Partner, which enables students to sit for the VMware Certified Professional certification examination upon the completion of ITN 293 Vmware Virtual Infrastructure: Installation and Configuration and ITN 293 Vmware Virtual Infrastructure: Deployment, Security, and Analysis. Additionally, ITN 260 prepares students for the CompTIA Security+ certification examination.

Faculty Contacts: Robert Guess or Gary Noah
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Web Development Specialist

The Web Development Specialist career studies certificate program is designed to provide students with the skills to design, administer, and troubleshoot Web pages and Web sites. Depending upon the selection of electives within the program, students can concentrate on Web design or Web programming. Graduates can be employed as Web page designers and managers, Web site managers, Web graphics designers, Web application developers, Web programmers, or Web database programmers.

The courses in this program prepare students for the examinations leading to industry certifications as a Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) Associate and as a Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) Professional.

Faculty Contacts: Debbie Benham or Bill Clement
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