Information Technology (IT), as defined by the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), is "the study, design, development, implementation, support or management of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications and computer hardware." IT deals with the use of electronic computers and computer software to convert, store, protect, process, transmit, and securely retrieve information.
Information technology encompasses many aspects of computing and technology. The information technology covers many fields. IT professionals perform a variety of duties that range from installing applications to designing complex computer networks and information databases. A few of the duties that IT professionals perform may include data management, networking, engineering computer hardware, database and software design, as well as the management and administration of entire systems. Information Technology (IT) is a general term that describes any technology that helps to produce, manipulate, store, communicate, and/or disseminate information. Presumably, when speaking of Information Technology (IT) as a whole, it is noted that the use of computers and information are associated.
Information Technology Programs
Administrative Office Systems * - Students will be prepared for careers in a variety of office settings utilizing the professional applications of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, electronic presentations, and desktop publishing. Students will gain the necessary skills to produce documents, reports, and correspondence while maintaining files electronically by integrating various software applications/functions. Skills acquired will assist students in preparing to take industry certification exams. This course is designed for individuals working in the field.
Computer Networking Hardware - Students will be prepared for careers dealing with network hardware systems analysis, planning and implementation. Students will gain the necessary skills to design, build and maintain small to medium size networks and manage network hardware systems. Skills acquired will assist students in preparing to take industry certification exams.
Networking Software - Students will be prepared for careers dealing with network software systems analysis, planning and implementation to create, manage and support networks. Students will gain the necessary skills to analyze network system needs for design, installation, maintenance and management of network software systems. Skills acquired will assist students in preparing to take industry certification exams.
Programming & Development ** - Programmers, developers, and software engineers design and develop many types of software, including computer games and entertainment applications, mobile applications, business applications, database systems, computer systems, and interactive web sites. Students develop competencies in designing, implementing, integrating, testing and maintaining software systems (including mainframes, websites, etc) using a variety of languages and technologies. Skills acquired will assist students in preparing to take industry positions including but not limited to customer support, testing, programming, product development and entrepreneurial technology startups.
Business Solutions ** - Nearly all organizations rely on computer and information technology (IT) to conduct business and operate efficiently. Business Solutions Developers (also called Computer Systems Analysts, Systems Analysts and Business Analysts) use IT tools to help organizations of all sizes achieve their goals. They may design and develop new business systems (or enhance existing business systems) by implementing new technological solutions.
* Application Specialist Program has been re-named Administrative Office Systems and assigned a new subject code (AOS). Students currently in the program can complete the Application Specialist degree through Summer 2012, utilizing the AOS coursework, as all ITAP coursework has been moved under the new subject area. Current students who do not anticipate completing by Summer 2012 should see a counselor to discuss changing their major to the new Administrative Office Systems and completing under that program’s Administrative Office Specialist option.
** Mainframe Programming concentration has been deleted. This program has not been accepting new students since Fall 2008 and any student in the program who is still working to complete this degree must complete it by Summer 2012. No degrees will be issued from the IT-Mainframe Programming concentration after that date. Students still working to complete this program should contact the IT department for advising.
** Web Page Development and Maintenance concentration has been deleted. Much of the core curriculum from this program has been absorbed into the Information Technology – Programming and Development program. New students interested in pursuing careers in this field should enroll in the IT- Programming and Development program. Students currently in the IT – Web Page Development and Maintenance program can complete this degree through Summer 2012. If current students do not anticipate completing prior to Summer 2012, they should see a counselor to discuss transitioning to the IT – Programming and Development program.