This is one of the fastest-growing career fields in the nation and will be for years to come. If you love working with technology, are good at math, have strong analytical and problem-solving skills, are detail-oriented and have a good memory, this may be the career for you.
NPC's Computer Information Systems (CIS) degree and certificate of proficiency offer you hands-on experience and national certifications: A+, N+, Security – that employers look for on résumés. You'll gain a basic knowledge of personal computer repair, networking, programming, Microsoft and Linux operating systems, database management and systems analysis and design.
This degree is designed to give you a broad, foundational knowledge and help you get started in your Computer Information Systems career.
Labs and Classrooms
In order for students to complete assignments outside of class, it is helpful for students to have access to their own computer. NPC does, however, provide open computer labs at all locations. Courses in Networking, A+ Certification and Cybersecurity require specific hardware/software configurations and may not be available at all locations.
Currently, three CIS courses are available online: CIS 105 Computer Applications and Information Technology, CIS 150 Digital Culture and CIS 286 Educational Technology.
Supplies / Tools
Having a portable USB mass storage device (thumb or flash drive) to store files is required.
Students should have basic computer knowledge and keyboarding skills. It is recommended that students take CIS 105 Computer Applications and Information Technology first as it is a prerequisite for many other CIS courses.
Future job possibilities in Computer Information Systems will be found in every area that touches human lives: the sciences, engineering, business, entertainment, education and more. And once established in the computing field, your training and experience can open doors to evermore challenging positions with increasing pay.
Ranges widely, based on experience, education level and national certifications.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $89,810 in May 2017. In non-metropolitan northern Arizona, median salaries for an entry-level help desk/user support specialist is $41,680, certified network specialist is $50,690 and administrator salaries from $71,160 on up. SOC 15.0000
Potential Job Titles
Computer technician, network technician/administrator, wireless technician, help desk – user support, data systems administrator, web developer/designer, software developer, computer systems analyst
NPC is a proud Academy Partner of CompTIA.
Although this is not a transfer degree, some of NPC's computer courses may transfer to the state's three public universities and other colleges. Check with an NPC academic adviser and AZTransfer.com to see which NPC courses may be accepted for transfer credit. Always work with an academic adviser at the college or university you plan to attend to ensure courses you complete at NPC will transfer.
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