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Computer Information Technology

Job prospects growing

The computer field is expected to remain in high demand and experience strong job growth according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Many of the fastest growing occupations are computer jobs or positions that require computer skills.

At CCCC, you can learn the hands-on skills required for today's computer-related jobs.

You will also learn how to work face-to-face with customers on a regular basis. In doing so, you will be prepared for the types of jobs that are unlikely to decrease in demand or be sent overseas. Starting salaries of recent graduates range from $20,000 to $50,000.

What Computer People Do

  • Create applications: Database programmers, software specialists, and web developers create applications that businesses use to support day-to-day operations.
  • Maintain computer systems: You will be able to install software and hardware, perform upgrades, and troubleshoot every day problems to keep business operations moving efficiently.
  • Design and maintain websites and servers: With the increasing use of the Internet, demand for web developers is growing. Websites need to be designed and updated and web servers need to be maintained.
  • Facilitate network communications: Networking technologies and network infrastructure are important in today's competitive business environment. Networking technicians build information processing platforms for both internal and external communications systems.

Advantages of studying at CCCC

  • Faculty: All of our full-time CIT faculty have advanced degrees as well as numerous professional certifications. They have extensive classroom experience along with over 100 combined years of real-world industry experience.
  • Facilities: CCCC has eighteen computer labs, two dedicated hardware labs, plus an independent teaching network with Solaris, Linux, Microsoft, and Novell servers.
  • Comprehensive: A degree in Computer Information Technology (CIT) is an excellent choice for the student who wants to learn something about everything. With good people skills and a broad education in all aspects of computer systems, CCCC CIT graduates are highly marketable in the field.
  • Low Cost: Compare our costs to the alternative private and proprietary schools available and you'll find the cost to be significantly lower. With the availability of financial aid, you'll find CCCC to be a real bargain!

Certificate programs available

A number of certificate programs that require from four to six courses for a credential are available. Choose to pursue one certificate or add certificates to your degree. Certificate programs include Internet and Computing Core (IC3), Hardware Repair (A+), Database Programming, and Software Specialist.

CCCC testing center advantages

As a CCCC student you receive discounted test vouchers from our on-campus testing center. Take exams for industry-recognized certification such as IC3, A+ Hardware Technician, and Cisco CCNA.

For more information

To learn about computer training opportunities at CCCC, visit the College website: www.cccc.edu or call on the following numbers: 919-775-5401, 919-718-7377, or toll-free 1-800-682-8353.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the job prospects for CIT graduates?
Graduates should qualify for a wide variety of computer-related, entry-level positions that provide opportunities for advancement with increasing experience and ongoing training. Some duties may including: systems maintenance, computer troubleshooting, technical support and training, web site support, and business application design and implementation.
Will I get any "hands-on" experience?
All of the computer courses at CCCC utilize in-class, supervised labs. You will be able to work with computer hardware, operating systems, application software, and more. All of this gives you the chance to practice what you have learned in the course. The labs are supervised by your Instructor so that if any problems arise, you can get answers to your questions quickly.
How much money do people make in computing?
As with most professional fields, your earning power depends upon a number of factors including your level of education, the number of years of prior experience, and the type of company that you are work for. In general, entry-level employees with no previous experience will start off making less than a more experienced graduate. In general, though, starting salaries range from around $25,000 to $35,000 annually. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the salary range for all Computer Technicians is $25,000 to $70,000 per year. There is plenty of room for salary growth during your career in computer technology. And you will be in one of the highest paid jobs for people with an Associates degree. For the past several years, computer technicians have been ranked either 1, 2, or 3 for pay among all Associate degree graduates.

What Students Learn

Students successfully completing the Computer Information Technology (CIT) program will be able to:

  • Plan, organize, implement and control business and technical projects of medium level complexity.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role and function of computers and use the computer to solve problems.
  • Describe and explain a variety of operating systems, computer hardware, software, and programming languages.
  • Select, install, configure, troubleshoot, perform preventive maintenance, and upgrade a variety of personal computers and operating systems in workgroup, client/ server, and other basic networking configurations.
  • Design and implement normalized database structures, create/edit Microsoft word documents, spread sheet, high impact and functional web pages and written professional presentations.
  • Design, code, test and debug basic object-oriented programs.
  • Identify information security risks, create an information security policy, and identify processes to implement and enforce security policy.
  • Recognize the need to maintain currency in new and emerging computer technologies, applications, and systems.
  • Effectively communicate complex technical issues related to computer hardware, software, and networks in a written, oral, and graphical format.