Technology Department programs are growing in popularity as information technology (IT) jobs explode throughout the region. Amazon, Facebook, Oracle, and SAIC are just a few tech employers recently arriving or expanding. Today, nearly every employer needs tech workers. Vol State programs give students the knowledge and skills to work in exciting IT fields such as cyber security, networking and systems administration, programming, and software design and development.
Technology Department programs are growing in popularity as information technology (IT) jobs explode throughout the region.
Technology Department programs are high quality and well respected. The faculty team, led by Department Chair, Jonathan Maynard, consists of 10 full-time faculty members and a strong team of adjunct instructors. An Advisory Committee of leaders from area employers and education institutions also supports the department.
Associate of Applied Science
The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Computer Information Technology (CIT) is the department’s most popular program and prepares students to launch or advance a career. The degree can also provide the foundation for bachelor’s degree studies in select programs at numerous universities. IT skills pair very well with about any other training in today’s job market. CIT majors can choose between concentrations in Programming, Networking, and Cyber Defense. Students in all three concentrations take mostly IT courses.
Many employers seek tech workers with certifications that prove they meet industry standards in a given technical skill. Industry certifications can expand students’ job options and earning power, significantly. Our CIT courses prepare students to test for several popular certifications. Students can also earn a Technical Certificate in Computer Information Technology. All six required courses also count toward the A.A.S. degree. The technical certificate is an ideal first credential for students seeking to work part-time in IT as they pursue an associate’s degree.
Associate of Science – Tennessee Transfer Pathway
The department also offers an Associate of Science – Tennessee Transfer Pathway (A.S. – TTP) degree in Computer Science and another in Information Systems. The A.S. degree is for students planning to transfer seamlessly to a university when they graduate. The curriculum consists of general education courses with numerous advanced math classes to prepare for upper-division university courses. The curriculum for both programs also includes two or three courses in the student’s chosen major.