This program prepares students for pursuit of careers in information technology. Graduates qualify for information systems support staff positions such as applications trainers; technical support; software support; and database, web and programming applications trainees.

Students may specialize in information technology areas, including database, web, or applications concentrations. Students will use state-of-the-art technology to complete their coursework.

Students with work experience and advanced skills should contact the internship coordinator for assessment and course substitution information. Students without prerequisite skills are expected to take the necessary additional courses. An important feature of this program is the internship component where students seek on-the-job training in a professional setting. Students wishing to enroll in the internship should contact the internship coordinator prior to enrollment.

$41.50

Median Hourly Pay w/ Bachelor's Degree

$86,320

Median Yearly Pay w/ Bachelor's Degree

This program prepares students for the pursuit of careers in information technology. Graduates qualify for information systems support staff positions such as applications trainers; technical support; software support; and database, web and programming applications trainees.

Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are projected to add about 557,100 new jobs. Demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection, and storage of big data, and information security.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

Stackable Certificates

Software Development

This program prepares students with fundamental programming and database skills. It may serve as a foundation for students who plan to pursue careers in technology, an enhancement to studies in other disciplines, or a means for adding technical credentials to one’s resume.

This program prepares students with programming skills that will, when combined with a degree, provide the background for entry-level or trainee positions or enhance an information technology professional’s versatility and career advancement potential.

C# is a language similar to C++ and Java while utilizing a drag-and-drop development environment more commonly found in Visual Basic. The result is a tool that allows for the rapid development of desktop, PDA, data-driven web applications using state-of-the-art object-oriented techniques. Within this certificate’s courses, you will learn the latest in software design and development methodologies while gaining hands-on experience with the latest versions of Visual C#.

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019

Program Name: C# Programmer - Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in 16 months.

This program will cost $4,680 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with N/A* of debt.

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Illinois

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

This program prepares students with programming skills that will, when combined with a degree, provide the background for entry-level or trainee positions or enhance an information technology professional’s versatility and career advancement potential.

Because Java was designed for the Internet, it has been a popular choice for writing programs that are platform independent and safe. Java remains popular for network programming and web development. More recently, object-oriented features in the language have made Java a competitive option for writing stand-alone applications. Within this certificate’s courses you will learn the latest in software design and development methodologies while gaining hands-on experience with the latest versions of Java.

This program prepares students with programming skills that will, when combined with a degree and industry experience, provide the background for entry-level or trainee software development positions. Information technology professionals may also pursue this program to enhance their versatility and career advancement potential.

Within this certificate’s courses, students will gain hands-on experience using at least two programming languages — selecting from C#, Java, iOS, Android, and Visual Basic. Software development lifecycle issues — including solution conception, design, implementation, and testing — are addressed with hands-on experiences using the latest hardware and software development tools. Students expand on their breadth of knowledge by selecting from database, web design/development, eCommerce, and Microsoft Office application integration course options.

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019

Program Name: Software Developer - Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in 16 months.

This program will cost $7,740 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with N/A* of debt.

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Illinois

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

Database Administration

This program prepares students with skills to build and administer a single-user database, including the designing of tables, queries, forms, reports, and macros. The coursework maps to industry certification in personal database management.

This program prepares students with database design and management skills, providing the background for entry-level or trainee positions or enhancing an information technology professional’s versatility and career advancement potential. Coursework will emphasize database design principles, Structured Query Language, and database administration using a variety of popular database management systems.

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019

Program Name: Associate Database Administrator - Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in 12 months.

This program will cost $4,010 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with N/A* of debt.

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Illinois

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

Website Development

This program prepares students with programming skills that will, when combined with a degree, provide the background for entry-level or trainee positions or enhance an information technology professional’s versatility and career advancement potential.

Because Java was designed for the Internet, it has been a popular choice for writing programs that are platform-independent and safe. Java remains popular for network programming and web development. More recently, object-oriented features in the language have made Java a competitive option for writing stand-alone applications. Within this certificate’s courses you will learn the latest in software design and development methodologies while gaining hands-on experience with the latest versions of Java.

 

This program prepares students with programming skills to design and develop web pages with dynamically generated content. This program will also provide the background for entry-level or trainee positions or enhance an information technology professional’s versatility and career advancement potential.

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019

Program Name: PHP Programmer - Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in 12 months.

This program will cost $4,010 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with N/A* of debt.

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Illinois

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

This program is designed for the experienced computer user who has strong skills in Microsoft Windows navigation and computer applications packages. Students who are interested in beginning a career in website development and who do not possess these prerequisite skills should meet with the department chair or coordinator to plan appropriate course selection.

 

Program Details

Program NameType of CredentialCurriculum CodeDepartment or Division
C# ProgrammerCertificate1466Information Management Systems
Help Desk SpecialistCertificate1311Information Management Systems
Java ProgrammerCertificate1458Information Management Systems
Multimedia DesignerCertificate1342Information Management Systems
PHP ProgrammerCertificate1344Information Management Systems
Programming SkillsCertificate1382Information Management Systems
Small Database AdministratorCertificate1380Information Management Systems
Software DeveloperCertificate1305Information Management Systems
Website DesignerCertificate1434Information Management Systems
Website DeveloperCertificate1433Information Management Systems

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