Information Technology

Get a great start here in an information technology-related field, then go straight into the workforce or continue your education at a four-year school.

Our programs feature world-class instructors, and industry standard topics, software and equipment.

You’ll get a high demand career in the fast paced technology sector, because you will have the real world skills employers are looking for!

Information Technology
 

Add to that more than 30 individual scholarships, just for Kirkwood students in business and information technology programs.



 
Computer Science Transfer

Computer Science Transfer
2-year Liberal Arts (AS) degree
Potential Careers: Software engineering, computer programming

Explore the theory and foundations of computer technology. Not only will you get your core education to transfer to a four-year school, you will learn basic programming and the tools used in the development of cutting edge computing solutions. At Kirkwood, you will find a wide variety of classes, world-class labs and instructors, and personalized assistance to put you on the right track.



 
Computer Software Development

Computer Software Development
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Software Developer, Internet Programmer

This degree helps graduates enter the growing and well-paid field of computer programming. Students learn various phases of software development including how to design, write, test and document computer programs with a variety of tools, using in-demand languages such as Java, C# and SQL. In addition to learning to program for desktop computers and other devices, students also explore internet programming with technologies such as ASP, JSP, HTML, CSS and JavaScript.



 
Computer Support Specialist

Computer Support Specialist
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Computer support, technical support

Provide technical assistance to users as well as maintain, upgrade, and repair computer systems and networks. Students interested in this field should have an interest in working with people. Specialists constantly interact with customers and fellow employees as they answer questions and give valuable advice. They should also enjoy learning about new technology and be willing to work on both hardware and software systems. Good writing and communications skills are also required.

This degree focuses on a variety of IT skills that include hardware, software, networking and programming, as well as problem-solving and analytical skills.



 
Graphic Communication Technology

Graphic Communication Technology
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Graphic designer, advertising, print and publishing

The Graphic Communication Technology program prepares students for employment in the technical design and production area of the graphic communication industry. Following an introduction to the graphics industry, the core program develops students' practical knowledge and provides hands-on experience with current standards in graphic communication. Students learn design, layout, image manipulation and illustration principles to applying final graphics used in 2D design, print, web and motion graphics, plus receive extensive experience working on Apple computers using industry standard software from Adobe.

Credits from this program transfer to local four-year schools (Graphic Design). See your advisor for additional transfer options.



 
Network and System Administration

Network and System Administration
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Network technician, network administrator

Network and system administrators work in a fast-paced and challenging area of ethnology that designs, builds, integrates, maintains and secures local area networks. They design and support server systems and related software, as well as provide end-user support for all LAN-based applications. After completing a common course of study for the first three semesters, network and system administration majors will choose from three specialty areas to match individual interests and employment availability.

Network Administration emphasis
Specialize in LAN and WAN infrastructure including wireless, desktop systems and protocol suites.. 
 
System Administration emphasis
Specialize in server hardware and software, directory services, scripting and storage management.

Security and Virtualization emphasis
Specialize in system firewalls, secure group policy, access control lists, information and management with disaster recover, virtual network design and implementation, and virtual switching and routing..

 


 
Web Technologies

Web Technologies
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Web application developer, website content manager

Web Technologies provides students with the opportunity to pursue an associate degree built on a strong base of Web-related course work tailored to the student's individual interest with one of three elective emphasis areas. Students begin with a set of basic courses covering HTML and CSS, Web media, and introductory computer and programming skills. As the program progresses, students learn various aspects of Web design and development through courses emphasizing the workflow associated with the planning process, site design and the use of standard technologies, such as content management systems, to provide client solutions. Students also consider the business side of Web development through courses in marketing and e-commerce, learning about current topics such as Web analytics and search engine optimization along with payments, catalogs and shopping carts. The use of scripting, PHP and databases is also included.

Web Development emphasis: One features the Java programming language and creating dynamic interactions with servlets and Java Server Pages. The other features .Net programming and the creation of Active Server Pages and Web Services.

Web Graphic Design emphasis: Includes courses in digital layout, professional graphics tools, including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash.

Web Design & Development certificate: In just two semesters, add basic Web skills and many of the core courses from the Web Technologies degree to your skill portfolio. This does not include emphasis areas or advanced courses.



 
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