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  1. What degrees are offered for Information Technology

  2. What are the differences among the AAS degree in Information Systems Technology, the AAS degree in Modeling and Simulation, and the AS degree in Computer Science?

  3. What are the four core Information Systems Technology courses?

  4. What are IT Approved Electives?

  5. Does TCC offer a Certificate program for Information Systems Technology?

  6. Who do I contact for more information on the Information Systems Technology Programs?

  7. After completing the required certifications for a particular field of study am I certified?

  8. Can I use financial aid to pay for my certification courses or to take courses in a career studies certificate program?

  9. What is the difference between a career studies certificate program and a certificate?

  10. What happens when an IT program is revised?

1. What degrees are offered for Information Technology?

  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Information Systems Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Modeling and Simulation (Technical Studies)
  • Associate of Science (AS) with a specialization of Computer Science

An AAS degree is not designed for transfer to a 4-year university, although many courses within the degree may transfer. An AS degree is designed for transfer to a 4-year institution.

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2. What are the differences among the AAS degree in Information Systems Technology, the AAS degree in Modeling and Simulation, and the AS degree in Computer Science?

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Information Systems Technology prepares students to be able to join the workforce at the end of their program. Students are prepared for an entry-level position such as junior programmers, web designers, technical support specialists, and network support technicians. The AAS in Information Systems Technology offers nine different concentration areas, many of them leading to industry certifications.

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Modeling and Simulation prepares students for employment as a Modeling and Simulation technician or analyst.

The Associate of Science degree with a specialization in Computer Science is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a baccalaureate degree. The AS in Computer Science is a more rigorous program mathematically, requiring two semesters of calculus and has a greater emphasis on theory and design.

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3. What are the four core Information Systems Technology courses?

Sixteen credits for the AAS degree in Information Systems Technology are:

ITN 101 Introduction to Network Concepts *
ITN 106 Microcomputer Operating Systems **
ITN 107 Personal Computer Hardware and Troubleshooting
ITP 100 Software Design

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4. What are IT Approved Electives?

The IT Approved Electives are courses that you select to fill requirements for the degree. All IT Approved Electives must come from only one of the IST career study certificate programs, giving you an area of concentration in information technology. It is important to note that ITE 115 or the equivalent knowledge is considered a prerequisite to any program in IST.

*Students in the Web Development Specialist program should take ITE 130 instead of ITN 101.
**Students in the Database Specialist program should take ITN 171 instead of ITN 106.

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5. Does TCC offer a Certificate program for Information Systems Technology?

Yes, TCC offers a certificate program for Information Systems Technology.
For more information go to http://www.tcc.edu/academics/programs/ot/bt/ist.htm

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6. Who do I contact for more information on the Information Systems Technology Programs?

Email: ITBusiness@tcc.edu

Phone Numbers:
Dean: Carolyn McLellan 757-822-7373
Assistant: Barbara Blanchard 757-822-7373

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7. After completing the required certifications for a particular field of study am I certified?

No, the courses that TCC offer only prepare you for the certification exams.

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8. Can I use financial aid to pay for my certification courses or to take courses in a career studies certificate program?

Yes, but you have to be a degree-seeking student.

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9. What is the difference between a career study program and a certificate?

TCC offers a number of career studies certificate programs, which are designed to provide individuals with job-entry skills in a short period of time. These career studies programs provide individuals who are already employed new skills in specific occupational-technical fields and for credentialing examinations. The programs have from nine to twenty-nine credits. In addition, the credits for most of the career studies programs can be applied to an associate in applied sciences degree program.

The Certificate program enables students to study a concentrated area, such as information technology, and take general education courses that can eventually be applied to a degree program.

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10. What happens when an IT program is revised?

The field of information technology is constantly evolving, and TCC frequently changes its courses and programs to keep them current. The faculty strive to inform all students of updated curriculum. When a course or program has been revised, the faculty and dean will assist you in curricular decisions.

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