Computer Information Technology
Are you interested in network security and administration? If so, Midland College helps you kick start a career in information technology.
The Associate of Applied Science for Information Technology in Network Security and Administration (AAS) is designed to prepare students for many careers including computer systems support technicians, network support technicians, network systems administrators, and information security analysts.
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 +, Security+, Linux+, Cisco CCNA, and Microsoft Server exams.
Along with the AAS in Network Systems, Midland College offers certificates in Computer Systems Support Technician, Network Support Technician, and Cisco (CCNA) Networking. Students can expect to complete the AAS in two years and certificates in two to three semesters.
Workforce Solutions (WIOA) Eligible
Students choosing this academic pathway may receive funding and other financial assistance and support from Workforce Solutions. See www.facebook.com/PermianBasinWorkforce, call (432) 367-1449 (option 5), or open the flyer for information on the services they provide in partnership with Midland College. The Workforce Solutions office is located on Midland College's main campus, in room 138 of the Technology Center (TC) Building. Note: Students receiving federal and state financial aid are not eligible for WIOA assistance.
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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
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
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.
Apply for General Scholarships through the Financial Aid Portal
The student's FAFSA application must be on file with MC Financial Aid to access the Financial Aid Portal and apply for scholarships.
If the student's FAFSA application is not on file with MC Financial Aid, the student
needs to complete the FAFSA application, and once processed, will have access to complete
the general scholarship application.
How to Apply
- Complete current year FAFSA or TASFA applications
- Register for 6+ credit hours towards a degree or certification
- Minimum GPA of 2.50 or higher each semester
For additional scholarship details and deadlines, visit the General Scholarships page.
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