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Networking and the Internet, a growth industry

Computer networks and the Internet have changed the face of the business world. Networking, once reserved for large corporations, has become indispensable to nearly every business. The Internet has created the need for businesses to have a Web presence that offers services and products to consumers around the globe.

People with the training and talent to serve as network or Internet professionals play pivotal roles in the operation of today’s businesses. The demand for computer professionals extends from the corporate world to retail, service, education, government and health care industries. Forward-looking businesses can no longer afford to ignore the efficiencies that networks and the Internet offer in the areas of communication, marketing, production and information management.

What does Hesston College’s CIT program offer you?

The CIT program at Hesston College will provide you training in a college degree environment. Hands-on training in the well-equipped Computer Information Technology lab integrates theory, practice and professional techniques.

The CIT computer lab is managed and maintained by students who gain practical experience working on equipment, helping other students and even working with real-world “clients.” As a member of the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA), we are allowed to make much of the software we use available to you at no charge.

Hesston College courses are planned to fit the schedules of both traditional students and working professionals. All students have the option of earning professional certifications in addition to an associate degree. Working professionals may choose to enroll in the Computer Information Technology program to improve current skills or to learn new applications, programming languages or vendor-specific skills.

"The key to really learning computer networking or Internet skills is good instruction and lots of hands-on experience. At Hesston College, you wire up a network, you build a network server, you set up network services and security and you create a web site. We help, but you do it!"
Bob Harder, Computer Information Technology professor

Computer Information Technology Professional

The Computer Information Technology curriculum prepares you to manage a computer network, connect and represent that network to the Internet community, and service and support network hardware and software. You will also learn business skills needed to relate to the business community a CIT professional frequently serves.

You have the choice of two degrees. In both degrees, you'll complete about 60 college credit hours. The associate of applied arts and sciences degree (AAAS) with a Computer Information Technology major would be a good choice if you plan to enter the job market upon graduation. This degree provides maximum practical hands-on computer experience plus business courses chosen with your goals in mind.

If you plan to transfer to a four-year school after graduation, consider the associate of arts degree with a Computer Information Technology emphasis. You can choose from the many computer and business courses and also complete general education courses required by your next school. Business courses will be especially useful if you decide to start your own business or are promoted to management.

Computer Information Technology Courses

Current courses offered at Hesston College for CIT Professional include:

  • Web Authoring and Publishing
  • Web Site Design
  • Networking Technologies
  • Computer Network Administration
  • Computer Programming I (Java)
  • Computer Programming II (C++)
  • Service and Support

Other Computer and Business Courses

Some of the other Hesston College courses which will help you achieve your educational goals in Computer Information Technology are:

Computer

  • Introduction to Computers
  • Advanced Excel
  • Desktop Publications
  • Computer Applications

Business

  • Exploring Business
  • Financial Accounting I
  • Management
  • Macroeconomics

Art

  • Introduction to Design
  • Introduction to Graphic Design

Fields Related to CIT

The Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts an overall 17% growth rate in computer occupations for 2012 to 2022. Since the CIT program provides a common core of knowledge used in these occupations, you will be well-prepared to continue on to a four-year degree in one of the following fields/occupations:

  • Computer Information Systems
  • Information Science
  • Information Technology
  • Management Information Systems
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Web Developer
  • Computer Network Architect
  • Computer Systems Administrator
  • Network Administrator
  • Software Developer
  • Computer Support Specialist

For more detailed information, visit the Hesston College CS/CIT site

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