Information Technology

Information Technology

Information technology (IT) is an important part of any business plan. As a result, IT jobs are among the most in-demand in the country. Industries such as businesses, educational systems, and governmental agencies across the globe rely on knowledgeable, skilled information technology professionals to address their data management needs. Central Piedmont's Information Technology degree or certificate programs will prepare you for these highly competitive positions, teaching you how to think creatively, problem solve efficiently, and process information quickly to attract today's leading employers.

What You Will Learn

Our IT degree and certificate program focus on helping students develop the ability to create, store, communicate, exchange, and use information to solve technical issues related to information support and services, interactive media, network systems, programming and software development, information security, and other emerging technologies. 

Upon completing the program, you'll be prepared for entry-level employment in businesses, educational systems, and government agencies as a designer, tester, support technician, system administrator, developer, or programmer where you can expect to use computer software and\or hardware to design, process, implement, and manage information systems in specialties such as database services, security, business intelligence, and others.

Why Choose Central Piedmont

Our program content is current — that's why we should be your first choice. Our curriculum evolves to respond to the changes taking place in today's business and industry. In the classroom you'll learn about the latest technologies, while outside the classroom you will be connected to real-world industry partners through employer visits and work-based, real-world projects. Our programs incorporate the competencies of many industry-recognized certification exams.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

The Details

  • Program Options

    Choose from:

    • Associate in Applied Science in Information Technology - Cloud and Virtualization Technology
    • Associate in Applied Science in Information Technology - Database Development/Business Intelligence
    • Associate in Applied Science in Information Technology - Full Stack Programming
    • Associate in Applied Science in Information Technology - Information Assurance and Digital Forensics
    • Associate in Applied Science in Information Technology - Information Technology Business Analysis
    • Associate in Applied Science in Information Technology - Networking Technology
    • Associate in Applied Science in Information Technology - Software Development
    • Associate in Applied Science in Information Technology - Web Technologies
    • several information technology certificates; certificates may be applied towards the associate in applied science

    The college catalog details the information technology program options currently available at Central Piedmont as well as program eligibility and course requirements. If you would like information on opportunities to transfer associate degree credit to a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Resource Center.

    Industry Certifications

    In addition to the information technology degrees offered at Central Piedmont, many of the companies and professional organizations who are responsible for the development of industry-leading technologies and programming languages offer certification exams in a specific area of expertise. If you plan to work in one of these industries or professional fields, you should note that many potential employers view industry certifications as being (often equally) as important as a college degree. In order to give yourself every possible edge in a competitive job market, you should plan to sit for industry certification exams that apply to your professional field. Industry certifications require a passing score on an exam administered by the company or organization responsible for a proprietary technology; these are external certifications that Central Piedmont does not administer. Visit Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education to explore industry certification preparation courses. Our information technology certificates are also excellent tools to prepare to take industry certifications.

      Visiting Students

      If you wish to transfer information technology course credit back to your home institution, explore how to enroll at Central Piedmont as a visiting student.

      Corporate and Continuing Education

      Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available.

      College and Career Readiness

      If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.

      College Credit for High School Students

      Visit Career and College Promise to learn about opportunities for high school students to earn college credit at Central Piedmont.

    • Information Technology Program Requirements

      The associate degree requires the completion of 70 credit hours; a minimum of 21 credit hours must be earned at Central Piedmont. For detailed information on information technology course and program requirements, visit the Central Piedmont Community College catalog.

      Recommended Associate Degree Plans

      Several courses may be substituted with other courses that offer related content. Our technology courses are continually updated and replaced by newer courses as the core subject material of IT is continually changing and evolving. Because your situation will vary based on your enrollment year and projected graduation date, you may need to seek approval for some course substitutions to be reflected in your program evaluation. Contact your faculty advisor regarding course substitutions. Due to the inherent rapid and continual changes in information technology, course substitutions and/or transfer credit for technology courses will only be considered for courses that are fewer than five years old. Students enrolled in IT programs catalog years 2015/2016 and forward, BUS courses will no longer substitute for CTS 115.

      If you feel that you already have the skills needed for a required course, some classes have standardized test-out procedures. Others do not, or are dealt with on a case-by-case basis. You'll need to consult with your faculty advisor to determine the policy for that course. Central Piedmont does not award credit for prior experience. If you already have a recognized industry certification, several nationally recognized industry certifications may be substituted for classes. Ask your faculty advisor for more information if you hold an industry certification. Note that due to the inherent rapid and continual changes in information technology, certifications will only be considered for course substitutions that are fewer than five years old, regardless of expiration date.

    • Locations

      Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm where courses are available using Schedule Builder.

      You will also have the opportunity to make use of the information technology student labs.

    • Course Delivery Methods

      • Classroom/Lab
      • Combined (Classroom/Lab and Online)
      • Online

      Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm course delivery methods using Schedule Builder.

    • Information Technology Careers

      Completing an information technology degree at Central Piedmont will prepare you for entry-level information technology jobs in the businesses, educational systems, and government agencies as a designer, tester, support technician, system administrator, developer, or programmer. You will have more opportunities for advancement as you gain more experience and training. Visit Central Piedmont’s Career Coach for detailed information technology career opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

    • Costs and Aid

      Central Piedmont provides real-world, affordable, hands-on education and career training. Learn how much it costs to attend Central Piedmont. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

      Information Technology Scholarships

      In particular, students who plan to enroll in an information technology degree program are eligible to apply for the following Central Piedmont scholarships:

      • Opportunity Scholars Program
      • Merancas Scholarship
    • Attend an Information Session

      Learn how our IT programs can start your career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). You will hear information about IT careers regarding job descriptions, employment data, and wages.

      Dates:

      • TBD

      Location:

      Register for an information session.

    • Admitted Students: Find Your Faculty Advisor

      Students at Central Piedmont have a faculty advisor for each program of study offered.

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