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Information Technology

Are you interested in the internet or by web and network security? If so, Midland College helps you kick start a career in information technology. The Associate of Applied Science for Information Technology in Network Systems (AAS) is designed to prepare students for many careers including help desk support specialists, network support technicians, network systems administrators, and information security analysts.

The MC Information Technology curriculum of study prepares students for careers in IT by establishing fundamental knowledge in hardware and software disciplines. Students will develop an understanding of basic IT Literacy principles practiced throughout the IT industry and are exposed to network communication techniques, infrastructure design methodologies, and information security concepts.

Graduates of the program will possess competencies in basic IT literacy principles, network communication, network systems management, infrastructure design and implementation, and information security concepts.

The curriculum is designed to teach the exam domains to the CompTIA A+, Network +, Cisco CCENT/CCNA, and Microsoft Server exams. Specific areas of training include: install and configure operating systems, create custom hardware solutions, networking and hardware troubleshooting skills, implementation of security best practices, and LAN and WAN design principles.

Along with the AAS in Network Systems, Midland College offers certificates in IT Desktop Support, Cisco Networking Technician and A+/Network+ Technician. Students can expect to complete the AAS in two years and certificates in two semesters.

 

Information Technology student and instructor reviewing the interior of a computer   Information Technology students conducting a test in the lab   Information Technology students studying the interior of a computer

 

Program Details

Marketable Skills

Pursuing a degree in this field of study will provide marketable skills in these areas:

  • Speaking – Talking to others
  • Active Listening – Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • Reading Comprehension – Reading work-related information
  • Critical Thinking – Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • Complex Problem Solving – Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • Writing – Writing things for co-workers or customers
  • Judgment and Decision Making – Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one

Career Opportunities

As with most industries, Information Technology careers begin with entry-level positions that lead to career advancement as your experience and expertise grow. There are many in-demand career options in the information technology field, including:

  • Information technology security officers
  • Network Systems Administrator
  • Network Engineer
  • Cybersecurity professional
  • Desktop Support Specialist
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • VPN Engineers
  • Chief Security Officers
  • Computer Operators
  • Computer, Automated Teller and Office Machine Repairer
  • Audio and Video Equipment Technicians
  • Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists
  • Broadcast Technicians
  • Sound Engineering Technicians
  • Electrical Engineering Technicians
  • Web Administrators
  • Desktop Publishers
  • Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers

Demand

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 22% from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.

Study It... Learn It... Certify It!

Information Technology education at Midland College and validation of acquired knowledge and skill through certification helps students obtain jobs and develop through their career. Over 90% of hiring managers believe that IT certifications are valuable in validating expertise. Why is certification important? How can certification benefit my career?

The MC Information Technology Program maintains various academic partnerships with industry leading organizations such as Microsoft, CompTIA, VMware, and Cisco that provide support, materials, and resources for students wishing to validate their education through certification.

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Apply for General Scholarships through the Financial Aid Portal

How to Apply

  1. Login to My MC Portal
  2. Click the Students tab
  3. Click the "Financial Aid Portal" link
  4. Under Log In, provide your Social Security Number and password. If you do not have a password, click the "First Time User" link at the bottom-right and follow prompts.

For additional general scholarship details and deadlines, visit the General Scholarships page.

General Scholarships

Missing the "Financial Aid Portal" link?

To have access to the Financial Aid portal and apply for scholarships, the student's FAFSA application must be on file with MC Financial Aid.

If the students FAFSA application is not on file with MC Financial Aid, the student must fill out the FAFSA application first and once processed, will be able to complete the general scholarship application.

FAFSA Information

Visit the course catalog for the most complete and up-to-date information.

 

 

 

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