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Computer Technology

Employment in the ever-changing field of computer and information technology has steadily increased. With continued rapid improvements in all phases of computer technology, computer-based information processing has been integrated into virtually every facet of life. Consequently, employment opportunities in the field are expected to continue increasing in the 21st century.

Students pursuing the Associate of Applied Business degree in computer technology may choose to follow tracks that lead to a concentration in a specific area of information technology (IT) careers including networking, application development and multimedia. These concentrations also begin to prepare students for the required examinations for various professional certifications. There is also a general concentration, which prepares students for positions in small- and medium-sized organizations that require computer staff to perform a wide range of technical duties.

These combined skills prepare students for immediate entry into the computer technology field in numerous areas including network administration, end-user technical support, general hardware maintenance, multimedia and applications/Web development.

Because professionals in rapidly changing computer-related fields must continually upgrade their skills, many of the credits earned in the Associate of Applied Business in Computer Technology program can be applied toward the Bachelor of Technical & Applied Studies. Students interested in the bachelor's degree should consult with a faculty advisor.

Concentrations

  • The Application Development Technology concentration prepares students for various professional certifications and positions such as computer programmer/application developer using industry-standard languages and technologies.
  • The General Technology concentration prepares students for entry-level positions in small- and medium-sized organizations that require computer staff to perform a wide variety of technical duties.
  • The Internet/Multimedia Technology concentration prepares students for various professional certifications and positions in Web development, social media, and digital media.
  • The Network Technology concentration prepares students for various professional certifications and positions in tech support and networking fields administering Windows-based systems.

Career Opportunities

An Associate of Applied Business in Computer Technology prepares you for immediate entry into a computer-technology field in a variety of different capacities. Some examples of available jobs include:

  • Computer operations manager
  • Database manager
  • E-commerce network administrator
  • LAN manager
  • Manager of Internet/Intranet technology
  • Manager of voice and data communications
  • Network administrator
  • Technical Support Manager
  • Web architect/developer

Competencies Upon Completion

  • An ability to demonstrate core IT competency in client computing and user support
  • An ability to demonstrate core IT competency in database and information management
  • An ability to demonstrate core IT competency in digital media and immersive technology
  • An ability to demonstrate core IT competency in networking and convergence
  • An ability to demonstrate core IT competency in programming and application development
  • An ability to demonstrate core IT competency in servers, storage and virtualization
  • An ability to function effectively as a member of a diverse team to accomplish common goals
  • An ability to read and interpret technical information, as well as listen effectively to, communicate orally with, and write clearly for a wide range of audiences
  • An ability to engage in continuous learning as well as research and assess new ideas and information to provide the capabilities for lifelong learning
  • An ability to exhibit professional, legal, and ethical behavior
  • An ability to demonstrate business awareness and workplace effectiveness

Faculty

Mrs. Susan Hoffman, Assistant Professor of Computer Technology

Mr. Jonathan Van Fossen, Assistant Professor of Computer Technology