Computer Systems Technology and Cyber Security
Information technology positions in corporate, industrial, educational or government sectors
DEGREE & CERTIFICATE OPTIONS
City College currently offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Systems Technology, an Associate of Science Plan of study in Networking and a one-year networking certificate. Please speak to an advisor to help determine which program will help you meet your goals.
PLAN OF STUDY
- Computer Systems Technology- AAS Degree
- Cyber Security/Network Technology - AS Degree
- Networking Technology - Certificate
Before a student can be accepted into the Computer Systems Technology AAS degree program, competency in mathematics and computers must be demonstrated. This may be done by:
- Passing the Math Placement Test
- Transfer of appropriate credits
- Current ACT/SAT scores in the required range
- Taking the necessary prerequisite English, math, and/or computer classes identified in the catalog
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
- Technicians provide assistance and training to system users as well as administer the computer network.
- Students learn techniques to investigate and resolve computer problems, both on a client computer and across an entire network.
- Answer clients' inquiries concerning the use of computer hardware and software.
- Troubleshoot and support corporate networks.
- Networking, routing (Cisco Levels 1-8).
- Applications (Microsoft Office).
- Operating Systems (Windows Server).
- Troubleshoot communications and connectivity issues.
- Approximately 40% of the classes contain hands-on training to provide the student with real-world experience.
- Prepare to take industry certification tests such as CCNA, CCNP, MCP, and MCSE.
Job Outlook and Pay Info
Median Wage (MT)*
Median Wage (US)*
Average entry-level wage, COT grads (2014-2017)
Expected growth (MT)*
(projection through 2024)
Expected growth (US)*
(projection through 2026)
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau
SKILLS, TRAITS, PREPARATORY CLASSES THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL
- Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents
- Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
- The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events)
- The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations)
- The ability to see things in the mind's eye and understand a system's inner workings
PROGRAM COST AND COMPLETION INFORMATION