Computer Information Technology A.A.S.

Computer Information Technology A.A.S.

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ATMAE accreditation

Mission Statement

The mission of Computer Information Technology Department is to prepare students for Associate of Applied Science in Cyber Defense, Networking, and Programming Concentration along with certifications in emerging Information technologies. The programming track prepares students in databases, object-oriented and web programming languages to design, develop and implement scalable applications for Software Engineer careers. The Cyber Defense program prepares students with skills needed to identify vulnerabilities and fortify computer systems in order to prevent cyber security breaches. The Networking program provides students with network management skills, computer security, operating systems, switches and routers, and server administration. Students will develop strong critical thinking skills in a hands-on lab environment along with real world internship experiences.


Industry Advisory Board Members

Name

Company

Aaron Barthle

Morning Pointe, Information Technology Director

Andrew Knecht

McKee Foods

Benny Middleton

DC Blox

Carla Askonas

Chattanooga Technology Council

Evan Bissonette

Stratus Grid

Fred Cobb

Info Systems

James Dean

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)

John Jones

Jones Creations

John Schenk

AT&T Fiber and Security Solutions

Ken Jones

EPB

Luay Wahsheh

UTC

Marcus Hindmon

Chattanooga Business Machines, Inc.

Heather Mixon

Vacular Institute of Chattanooga

Tyler Seaberg

EIR Systems


Partnerships

Chattanooga State's Engineering & Information Technologies Divisions Computer Information Technology Department has forged a number of unique partnerships designed to provide training for the local workforce that will qualify them for high-tech positions becoming available in the Greater Chattanooga area.

The Chattanooga Technology council (CHATECH) https://chatechcouncil.org/, EPB https://epb.com/, Blue cross and blue shield of Tennessee (BCBS) https://www.bcbst.com/ are the result of Chattanooga State's rapid response to the needs of local employers for skilled workers.

By combining hands-on training experience with classroom instruction, students are successfully completing their course of study and finding jobs in their chosen career.


Scholarships

CHATECH offers scholarships to students every year in CIT Department. Scholarships are sponsored by local IT community organizations.


IT Hub Student Chapter

The IT Hub is a student run organization at Chattanooga State Community college. Students bring in guest speakers from the industry to present on current IT trends like Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Cloud Computing etc. Students participate in Capture the flag competitions. Students organize field trips to Oak Ridge National Labs, UTC Sim  Center and tours to local IT companies. Students also have networking, Professional Development and tutoring opportunities in the club. Students work with SGA to raise funds for the club.


Educational Objectives

Program Learning Outcomes. Upon completion of the Computer Information Technology program, the graduate will have developed the skills, knowledge and abilities to accomplish the following:

1.

Apply basic industry principles, math concepts, and computational skills to industry and technical problems common to computer information technology;

2.

Demonstrate standard written and spoken English, and professional conduct to effectively communicate and succeed in an industry/computer setting;

3.

Select and use industry specific software and hardware;

4.

Apply problem solving skills appropriate for employment in a computer and information technology specialty;

5.

Develop, implement, troubleshoot, and operate networks, desktop and web applications, object oriented programs and scripts, and IT security as required by a computer information technology specialty;

6.

Upon completion of the program, all students will demonstrate critical thinking skills for inquiry and analysis, assimilation of facts and knowledge, and problem solving.


Student Outcomes

Student Learning Competencies. Upon completion of the Computer Information Technology program, the graduate will have developed the skills, knowledge and abilities to accomplish the following:

1.

Apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the concentration of study to specifically define computer information technology activities;

2.

Demonstrate the knowledge of mathematics, science, and computer information technology to computer information technology problems using developed practical knowledge;

3.

Demonstrate effective membership in a technical team;

4.

Identify, analyze, and solve specifically defined computer information technology-based problems;

5.

Employ written, oral, and visual communication in a technical environment


Graduation/Enrollment Data

Computer Information Technology – Graduation AY

 

2017-2018
AY
 

2018-2019
AY 

2019-2020
AY 

Cyber Defense (including Cyber Security) 

5

6

6

Networking

14

12

12

Programming

5

9

9

Total Headcount

24

27

27


Salary Expectations

Median Salary in US National Annual Mean Wage: $52,810 (aka $25.39 per hour)


Enrollment for Fall 2020

Program of Study

Headcount

AAS-CIT-Cyber Defense

27

AAS-CIT-Cyber Security

1

AAS-CIT-Networking

40

AAS-CIT-Programming

36

Total

104


Career Opportunities