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A Career in Information Technology

Information Technology is a fast growing career field, and in the top ten for in-demand jobs. IT encompasses a wide array of computer professional career paths and positions, from Tech Support to Cyber Security, and from Office Work to Business Analyst. The field spans a broad range of industries, including technology, healthcare, finance, retail, government and education.

Careers in IT deal with the design, creation, management, maintenance, and business use of the varied components of computer systems, including software, hardware, networks, and the cloud.

Job titles could include:

Networking and Security

  • Network Engineer
  • LAN or WAN Engineer
  • Systems Administrator
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Information Security Professional
  • Sales Engineer

Technical Support

  • Computer Technician
  • Help Desk Technician
  • Desktop Support Technician
  • Technical Support Specialist
  • Field Service Technician
  • Computer Support Engineer

Virtual Office Professional

  • Virtual Office Assistant
  • Virtual Office Technician
  • Meeting Planner Entrepreneur
  • Desktop Publisher Entrepreneur
  • Executive Assistant
  • Virtual Office Manager

Computer Applications and Business Information Systems

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Office Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Webpage Producer
  • Database Administrator

Is an IT Career Right for You?

  • Do you want to work with computers?
  • Are you a hands-on person?
  • Do you get bored easily? Enjoy change? Do you want to do something different? 
  • Are you good at problem solving, task management, project management and troubleshooting?
  • Are you willing to continue learning new things throughout your career?
  • Do you like working in a fast-paced environment? 

If yes, then an IT career may be right for you. Technology is constantly changing. In an IT career, you won’t be bored.

Available Now! Newly Updated CIS Certificates and Degrees

Tech Support Pathways

  • 2-classes, Mini-Skills Certificate: Information Assurance Technician (Level 1)
  • Certificate: skip the General Education and just take the major courses
  • Associates Degree: take all the major courses and General Education

Networking and Security Pathways

  • 2-classes, Mini-Skills Certificate: Networking and Information Assurance Technician (Level 2)
  • 4-classes, Mini-Skill Certificate: Information Assurance and Cyber Defense`
  • Certificate: skip the General Education and just take the major courses
  • Associates Degree: take all the major courses and General Education

Computer Applications (soon to be called Business Information Systems) Pathways

  • 4-classes, Mini-Skills Certificate: Digital Literacy
  • Certificate: skip the General Education and just take the major courses
  • Associates Degree: take all the major courses and General Education

Virtual Office Professional Pathways

  • Certificate: skip the General Education and just take the major courses
  • Associates Degree: take all the major courses and General Education

C. I. S. - Computer Applications

AA or AS Degree and/or Certificate of Achievement

The Computer Applications program prepares students for positions as entry-level users of current computer applications including programs for processing and presenting text, numerical data and graphics. For the degree, students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0 and complete one of the following three general education patterns:

Sierra College Associate Degree Requirements:

  • California State University General Education Breadth (CSU GE) pattern;
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
  • A certificate is designed to provide career technical skills; it is not equivalent to an associate degree.

C.I.S. - Technical Support Concentration

A.A. or A.S. Degree and/or Certificate

The Technical Support program prepares students for positions as computer applications installers/trainers and technically oriented administrative personnel. For the degree, students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0 and complete one of the following three general education patterns:

  • Sierra College Associate Degree Requirements;
  • California State University General Education Breadth (CSU GE) pattern;
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

A certificate is designed to provide career technical skills; it is not equivalent to an associate degree.

Administrative Technical Support Concentration Gainful Employment Information

C.I.S. - Computer Applications Concentration

A.A. or A.S. Degree and/or Certificate

The Computer Applications program prepares students for positions as entry-level users of current computer applications including programs for processing and presenting text, numerical data and graphics. For the degree, students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0 and complete one of the following three general education patterns:

Sierra College Associate Degree Requirements:

  • California State University General Education Breadth (CSU GE) pattern;
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).
  • A certificate is designed to provide career technical skills; it is not equivalent to an associate degree.

Computer Applications Concentration Gainful Employment Information

C.I.S. - Networking and Security Concentration

A.A or A.S. Degree

Successful completion of the curriculum in the Networking and Security prepares students for positions as network administrators and cyber security professionals. Many of the courses also help prepare students for industry recognized certification exams. For the degree, students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0 and complete one of the following three general education patterns:

Sierra College Associate Degree Requirements:

  • California State University General Education Breadth (CSU GE) pattern;
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).
  • A certificate is designed to provide career technical skills; it is not equivalent to an associate degree.

Networking Concentration Gainful Employment Information

Digital Literacy

Skills Certificate

Equips students with the essential Windows personal computer skills required for school or business. Helps prepare students for careers or fields of study that require computer use, such as data entry, clerical support, receptionist, or customer service and may serve as a foundation for acquiring advanced or specialized computer skills. Appropriate for students seeking retraining. A skills certificate is designed to provide career technical skills; it is not equivalent to an associate degree.

Information Assurance and Cyber Defense

Skills Certificate

This skills certificate provides students with the specific knowledge and skills of an entry level cyber security professional. This foundational level was established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Agency (NSA) through their co-sponsored National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense (CAE2Y) program. This skills certificate prepares students for a variety of information technology positions in the ICT industry sector, such as network administrator, network engineer, IT security professional, and security analyst. A skills certificate is designed to provide career technical skills; it is not equivalent to an associate degree.

Information Assurance Technician (Level 1)

Skills Certificate

This skills certificate aligns with the requirements developed by the Department of Defense relative to its Directive 8570.1 for achieving Information Assurance Technician Level 1 (IAT-1) status. Students are prepared for a wide variety of positions in the computer industry such as desktop support technician, level 1 and level 2 help desk support, customer service specialist and network administrator. A skills certificate is designed to provide career technical skills; it is not equivalent to an associate degree

Information Assurance Technician (Level 2)

Skills Certificate

This skills certificate aligns with the requirements developed by the Department of Defense relative to its Directive 8570.1 for achieving Information Assurance Technician Level 2 (IAT-2) status. Students are prepared for a wide variety of positions in the computer industry such as network administrator, internet security specialist, network analyst, systems administrator and database administrator. A skills certificate is designed to provide career technical skills; it is not equivalent to an associate degree.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  • Technical Support Concentration, A.A. or A.S. Degree and/or Certificate of Achievement
  • Diagnose common software and hardware problems.
  • Analyze and integrate software systems for the business environment.
  • Demonstrate professional communication and customer service skills.
  • Computer Applications Concentration, A.A. or A.S. Degree and/or Certificate of Achievement
  • Demonstrate Computer Literacy, Explain Computer/Software Security
  • Analyze scenarios, investigate options and appropriately apply workplace computer programs.
  • Demonstrate file management proficiency.
  • Networking Concentration, A.A. or A.S. Degree and/or Certificate of Achievement
  • Design LAN and WAN logical topologies that support various sized organizations.
  • Assess security risks and identify ways to minimize their threat and/or impact.
  • Analyze various operating system options and applications, then make recommendations based on organizational needs.
  • Virtual Office Professional: Administrative Concentration, A.A. or A.S. Degree and/or Certificate of Achievement
  • Demonstrate Digital Literacy and work habits required for a successful virtual business.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of web-based business tools for successful operation of a virtual business.
  • Develop and implement common deliverables for a virtual office.
  • Digital Literacy, Skills Certificate
  • Solve common basic personal computer problems, applying use of terminology and appropriate research and communication skills
  • Demonstrate ability to function effectively in a digital community or course.
  • Produce and organize common office workplace and academic software files.
  • Information Assurance Technician (Level 1), Skills Certificate
  • Design LAN and WAN logical topologies that support various sized organizations.
  • Demonstrate professional communication and customer service skills.
  • Analyze various operating system options and applications, then make recommendations based on organizational needs.
  • Information Assurance Technician (Level 2), Skills Certificate
  • Design LAN and WAN logical topologies that support various sized organizations.
  • Analyze various operating system options and applications, then make recommendations based on organizational needs.
  • Assess security risks and identify ways to minimize their threat and/or impact.

Contact

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  • B 3
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
  • Fall and Spring M-F: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Andrew Brannan Part-time Faculty, CIS

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Debora (Debby) Carter Part-time Instructor, Computer Information Systems (CIS)

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Cyndi Dunn CIS Instructor 175

  • V 115A
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Paula J Elson Instructor, C.I.S.

  • V 115 B
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Steven Gillette Instructor, Mechatronics,

  • V 113 C
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Annette Nylander Instructor, C.I.S.

  • V 115 C
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

MBA emphasis in Project Management – Keller Graduate School, BA in Management Information Systems – The Union Institute, AS... More

Melissa Prinzing Instructor, C.I.S.

  • V 115 B
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

I teach Computer Applications – how to use computers. Everyone needs to be able to use a computer for work, school, and/or personal... More

Shahzad Anwar Part-time Instructor, Computer Information systems

  • N1 111
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

Jaquelyn Cubre Part-time Instructor, Nevada County Campus, Computer Information Systems (CIS)

  • N1 111
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

Pauline Dyke Part-time Instructor, Nevada County Campus, Computer Information Systems (CIS)

  • N1 111
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

Vilnis Vulfs Part-time Instructor, Tahoe/Truckee Campus, Computer Information Systems

  • N1 111
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

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