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6/3/2013 3:23:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
OCC offering new information technology program in the fall
OLNEY - Olney Central College will offer a new Information Systems Technology Program beginning this fall.

"Speaking with the students, we felt like there was a real need for a computer information program," said OCC Dean of Instruction Dr. Jeffery Cutchin. "We responded to and addressed that need by developing the IST degree and certificate."

The program will prepare students to handle the day-to-day operations of the computer-related activities for a business and an organization's information systems. Students who complete the program will be able to both support and maintain computer hardware as well as software programs.

Local Area Networks, Wide Area Networks and Wireless Networks also are addressed.

"It is definitely hands-on and deals with both hardware and software so the individual learns how to physically work on and replace hard drives and maintain computers as well as connect computers to a network," Cutchin said.

Students enrolled in the IST Program can earn either a one-year certificate or a two-year associate's degree. Those who complete the degree will be able to transfer to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and finish their bachelor's degrees either on campus or through SIU's online program.

"I explicitly worked closely with SIU at Carbondale to ensure the program would transfer," Cutchin said. "The idea is that a student can come here for two years, find employment and continue to work while they finish their bachelor's degrees. It's important for some of our students to be able to do that."

Through the program, IST students also will be able to earn important IT certifications. Students in the certificate and associate's degree programs can complete their Comp TIA A+ and Comp TIA Network+ certifications. In addition, degree-seeking students can receive certifications in MCSA: Windows 8 and MSCA: Windows Server.

 Cutchin said a number of job opportunities will be available for IST graduates.

The Information Systems Technology Program is currently accepting students for the fall semester. To learn more or to register, call 618-395-7777. Those interested in enrolling are encouraged to contact the Student Services Office as soon as possible.



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