Program Overview

The IT specialist short-term certificate program develops skills in database management and reporting, as well as foundations of computer programming. Students will work with industry-recognized databases (such as Oracle) and related tools for pulling data (SQL and Crystal Reports). Students will also develop skills with object-oriented programming languages that will enable them to create both Windows and web-based solutions for end-users.


Career Outlook

Increased financial regulations, privacy rules and security guidelines are causing more companies to handle data analysis and processing within national markets. But with the high cost of information technology service in larger urban areas, provider companies are being drawn to less populated locales, prompting the demand for highly-trained employees living in these areas. The market is eager for a local option in the IT outsourcing sector for data report writing, electronic forms development and applications development in JAVA.


Admissions Requirements

  • Basic computer application literacy
  • Be able to pass a four-part diagnostic exam on Concepts of Information and Communication Technology, Using the Computer and Managing Files, Databases/Access 2007 and Spreadsheets/Excel 2007
  • ACCUPLACER testing
  • Complete any developmental courses needed
  • Course placement algebra score at the MTH 080 level or successful completion of MTH 080
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher.


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Administrative Assistant

Kaleigh Nofziger