What is Computer Information Technology?
Today, computers, networks and related technology are used in homes, small businesses, hospitals and large corporations; all of which need qualified people to install and maintain their information systems.
The Computers and Information Technology Program offers a variety of choices for people seeking entry-level jobs as well as currently employed people who wish to enhance their skills.
What are my career options?
Upon completion, the graduate will be qualified to take industry designed and recognized certification examinations. Employment opportunities include entry-level positions in installation and administration of local and wide area networks in medium to large businesses and organizations, and computer network administration positions in small businesses.
|Computer and Information Technology Career||Median Annual Salary*|
|Information Security Specialist||$61,502|
|Computer Support Technician||$42,236|
|Computer Tech Basic||$42,236|
|CISCO Networking Associate||$53,912|
|CISCO Networking Enhanced||$53,912|
|Information Security Track||$53,912|
|Internet Technologies Track||$53,912|
|Network Administration Track||$53,912|
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
The network administration track provides the concepts and skills needed to design, set-up, maintain and expand network and telecommunications systems. The curriculum provides specific training in Cisco, and/or Microsoft network systems. Employment opportunities include entry-level positions in installation and administration of local and wide area networks in medium to large businesses and organizations and computer network administration positions in small businesses.
The information security track will provide a solid background in information security. This track will help prepare students for entry-level positions of network security, auditing and penetration testing, firewall configuration and computer crime investigation.
The Internet technologies track prepares students to design, program and maintain Internet-based services. With specializations in web programming and web server administration, two sub-plans: web programming and web administration.
Business Software and Support
The business software and support track emphasizes several aspects of application software. Three sub-plans: business software specialist, computer applications support and software support.
The network technologies track provides the concepts and skills needed to set up, maintain and expand networked computer systems.
Most of these degree tracks can be earned in 60 credit hours.
Note: Current CIT Students, prior to spring 2018, may still be on earlier degree check sheets – Please see your CIT Advisor to be sure.
KCTCS CIT Certificates - can be earned separately and many are embedded in the degree.
(Please see catalog to see which certifications are included with each degree track.)
NINETEEN KCTCS CIT CERTIFICATES ARE AVAILABLE:
- A+ Prep
- Network+ Prep
- Security+ Prep
- CIT Fundamentals | Gainful Employment Disclosure Information
- Computer Support Technician | Gainful Employment Disclosure Information
- Computer Technician
- Productivity Software Specialist
- Information Security Specialist | Gainful Employment Disclosure Information
- MS Network Administrator | Gainful Employment Disclosure Information
- MS Enterprise Administrator | Gainful Employment Disclosure Information
- CISCO Networking Associate | Gainful Employment Disclosure Information
- CISCO Networking Enhanced | Gainful Employment Disclosure Information
- Network Technologist Specialist | Gainful Employment Disclosure Information
- Web Administration | Gainful Employment Disclosure Information
- Web Programming | Gainful Employment Disclosure Information
- Social Media Specialist | Gainful Employment Disclosure Information
- Digital Forensics | Gainful Employment Disclosure Information
|A+ Prep: 4 Total credit hours|
|Computer Tech Basic: 11 Total credit hours|
|Computer Support Technician: 14 Total credit hours|
|CISCO Networking Associate: 16 Total credit hours|
|Information Security Specialist: 19 Total credit hours|
|CISCO Networking Enhanced: 24 - 25 Total credit hours|
|Information Security Track: 60 Total credit hours|
|Internet Technologies Track: 60 Total credit hours|
|Network Administration Track: 60 - 63 Total credit hours|
Note that ACTC is also a Pearson-Vue/Comp-TIA certified IT testing center. We are qualified to give Industry Information Technology Certifications.
At Ashland Community and Technical College, our Computers and Information Technology AAS Degree qualifies for a fully transferable 2+2 agreement with Western Kentucky University (WKU). This program leads from an Associate Degree to a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Information Technology (CIT). Students planning to transfer under a 2+2 program must register for that program and follow its curriculum. In addition, the WKU Degree program is offered entirely online, allowing the student to work or stay in the tri-state area and earn a bachelor's degree.
Semester Plans and Checklists
- Semester Plan - AAS CIT Network Administration Track (Microsoft & CISCO options)
- Semester Plan - AAS CIT Information Security Track
- Semester Plan - AAS CIT Internet Technologies Track
- Semester Plan - AAS CIT Business Software and Support Track
- Semester Plan - AAS CIT Network Technologies Track
- Checklist - CIT Certificates
Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
CIT is an excellent career choice for women.
CIT Internship Program
We offer an Internship program where you can acquire “hand’s on” skills on the job! It is an excellent opportunity. Please ask your CIT advisor about it!
Length of Program
Completion of the program should take two years, assuming that you maintain full-time enrollment status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.