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You may be looking to expand your information technology career because you have heard skilled workers are in demand and paid well – yes this is a career path with a great deal of opportunity.

Continuing Education and Career Advancement

Many Computer Information Systems students have already begun Information Technology careers and are seeking certifications required by their employers, to upgrade IT job skills, to get promotions or a better job.

You can build your IT career with courses at Sierra College, in the CIS department. Take more classes, build more skills, get more certifications, and advance in your career. Many employers will pay the costs and/or give raises for certifications.

Industry Certifications

Our Networking and Security courses are aligned with and prepare students to take corresponding industry certification exams. We have negotiated discounts for IT industry certification exams for our students. Together with work experience, industry certification has long been the norm in the information technology industry.
Industry Certification Course

CompTIA Network+ Computer Network Fundamentals CIS 0065
Microsoft Certified Professional (70-697) Installing, Configuring and Administration a Microsoft OS CIS 0141
Microsoft Certified Professional (70-411) Systems and Network Administration    CIS 0142
CompTIA Security+ Introduction to Information Systems Security CIS 0147

Computer Information Systems

Pursue career opportunities including:

  • Data Security Analyst
  • Systems Security Administrator
  • Network Security Administrator
  • Network Security Engineer
  • Information Systems Security Manager
  • Forensics Investigator

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CIS Networking and Security Pathway Options

  • Take just 2-classes for Information Assurance Technician (Level 2) 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)
    • Systems and Network Administration CIS 0142
      or Introduction to Unix/Linux CSCI 0050
    • Introduction to Information Systems Security CIS 0147
  • Take just 4-classes for Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Skills Certificate. Specific knowledge and skills for entry level cyber security professionals identified by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Agency (NSA).
    • Computer Network Fundamentals CIS 0065
    • Systems and Network Administration CIS 0142
    • Introduction to Information Systems Security CIS 0147
    • Programming Concepts and Methodology I CSCI 0012
  • Skip the General Education and just take the Networking and Security courses for a CIS Networking and Security Certificate
    Required Courses:
    • Business Communications  BUS 0102
    • Business Information Systems CIS 0062
    • Computer Network Fundamentals CIS 0065
    • Installing, Configuring and Administering a Client OS CIS 0141
    • Systems and Network Administration CIS 0142
    • Introduction to Information Systems Security CIS 0147
    • 3 electives, such as:
      Computer Forensics Fundamentals CIS 0088
      Introduction to Cybersecurity: Ethical Hacking CIS 0152
  • Take all the General Education and Networking and Security courses for a full CIS Networking and Security Associates Degree

General Education courses are not required to get a certificate. There is no need to wait until you complete a degree to start working in Networking and Security.

Reasons to Expand your IT Career in Networking and Security with CIS

  • Expert faculty with Industry day jobs
  • Free software
  • Certification exam discounts
  • State of the art lab classroom environment
  • Skilled IT professionals are in demand
  • IT careers pay well
  • Skip the General Education delay

Free Software for CIS Students

Our students are eligible to receive a lot of free software from the Microsoft Imagine Program and the VMware Academic Program.

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