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Computer and Information Technologies

Program Contact
Randolph Cullum
Computer and Information Technology Program Coordinator
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WHAT IS COMPUTER AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES?

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 Computer and Information Technologies (CIT) Program offers a variety of choices for people seeking entry-level jobs as well as currently employed people who wish to enhance their skills.

Career Path

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.

Getting Started

What are my degree, diploma, and certificate options?

Computer and Information Technologies - AAS: 60-68 Total Credit Hours Requirements
A+ Prep - Certificate: 4 Total Credit Hours Requirements
Application Support Technician - Certificate: 16 Total Credit Hours Requirements
AWS Cloud Architecting - Certificate: 19 Total Credit Hours Requirements
Cisco Networking - Certificate: 18 Total Credit Hours Requirements
Cisco Networking Enhanced  - Certificate: 21 Total Credit Hours Requirements
CIT Fundamentals - Certificate: 23 Total Credit Hours Requirements
Computer Tech Basic - Certificate: 11 Total Credit Hours Requirements
Computer Technician - Certificate: 14 Total Credit Hours Requirements
Digital Forensics Specialist - Certificate: 20 Total Credit Hours Requirements
Information Security Specialist - Certificate: 19 Total Credit Hours Requirements
Microsoft Enterprise Administrator - Certificate: 22 Total Credit Hours Requirements
Microsoft Network Administrator - Certificate: 19 Total Credit Hours Requirements
Net+ Prep - Certificate: 4 Total Credit Hours Requirements
Network Technologies Specialist - Certificate: 21 Total Credit Hours Requirements
Productivity Software Specialist - Certificate: 12 Total Credit Hours Requirements
Programmer - Certificate: 12 Total Credit Hours Requirements
Security+ Prep - Certificate: 3 Total Credit Hours Requirements
Social Media Specialist - Certificate: 18-21 Total Credit Hours Requirements
Web Programmer - Certificate: 24 Total Credit Hours Requirements
Web Server Administrator - Certificate: 21 Total Credit Hours Requirements

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AAS Degree Tracks

The Cloud Computing Technologies Track provides the concepts and skills needed to design, set-up, and maintain cloud-based information Systems. The curriculum provides specific training in Amazon Web Services solutions as well as network administration and storage solution technologies.  Employment opportunities are located worldwide.  Employment will include cloud-based system design and administration for medium to large businesses and organizations, as well as government entities.

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.

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 network technologies track provides the concepts and skills needed to set up, maintain and expand networked computer systems.

The Programming Track prepares students to design, develop, and maintain computer programs written in current and emerging programming languages. With tracks in Information Systems and Software Development, students successfully completing this track are prepared for entry-level positions in computer programming or transfer to select four-year institutions.

Can be earned separately and many are embedded in the degree. (Please see catalog to see which certifications are included with each degree track.)

CIT Internship Details

The CIT internship course is an excellent opportunity to get “hand’s on” experience in the IT field.  Internships look good on a resume – they give you practical knowledge in your chosen field.

It is a proven fact that employers look more favorably on students with Internship experience because they have more practical experience.

CIT290 - CIT Internship counts as three credit hour CIT technical elective and gets you working in the IT field!  This is an unpaid position, BUT you are applying what you have learned so far in a working IT environment. CIT students who have the Internship really enjoyed it and learned a lot!

The course requires 120 hours of work spread over the semester.  You, Ashland Community and Technical College CIT, and your internship location will come to an agreement on this before you start.

INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENTS

Be an ACTC CIT Student in good standing with at least 17 hours in CIT and an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.

Steps to take

  1. Are you interested?  Let us know ASAP!  (Please note the Requirements!)
  2. You will need to take an interview with CIT faculty and possibly an internship representative.
  3. You will need to purchase insurance from Ashland Community and Technical College (Currently $11.00 per semester.)  The CIT Program Coordinator needs a copy of your paid insurance form BEFORE you can start.
  4. You will sign a work contract outlining what you will do and what they/we expect from you.

Most of these items are required of workplaces today anyway.  This would be an excellent opportunity for you to get your foot in the door, gain valuable work experience, and is an excellent resume builder! 

Interested in an Intership? Contact us today! 

Transfer

Western Kentucky Univerisity 2+2 Agreement

Any track of our CIT degree qualifies for a fully transferable 2+2 agreement with Western Kentucky University (WKU) leading to a 24-hour reduction in 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. If you have any questions, please see the WKU website (link opens in new window) for more information.

Northern Kentucky Univerisity Transfer Agreement

KCTCS also has a transfer agreement with Northern Kentucky University (NKU).  Our CIT degree program can lead to a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Technology from NKU through the following pathways:

  • KCTCS CIT AAS degree to NKU CIT BS degree - Informatics Track
  • KCTCS CIT AAS degree to NKU CIT BS degree - Associate of Science Track
  • KCTCS CIT AAS degree in NKU CIT BS degree - Network Administration Track
  • KCTCS CIT AAS degree in NKU CIT BS degree - Information Security Track
  • KCTCS CIT AAS degree in NKU CIT BS degree - Web and Database Administration Track

Please see the NKU KCTCS2NKU website (link opens in new window) for more information

Technology Certifications

ACTC is also a Pearson-Vue/Comp-TIA certified IT testing center.  We are qualified to give Industry Information Technology Certifications.

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time 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.

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