Computer Information Technology
The Computer Information Technology (CITE) program prepares students for careers in information technology by offering a one-year technical certificate, a two-year advanced technical certificate, and an associate of applied science degree. The A.A.S. degree in Computer Information Technology is a two-year program that will prepare students for working with sophisticated networking hardware and operating system software and will lead to industry recognized certifications. It also includes all related coursework to complete A.A.S. degree requirements.
The CITE one-year technical certificate teaches the foundation of information technology job skills and the two-year advanced technical certificate includes all the technical coursework of the A.A.S. degree, but with reduced general education requirements.
The Computer Information Technology program is designed to provide students with essential skills to plan, implement, administer, support, and secure networked computer systems and associated users, as well as install and configure routers and switches in multiprotocol internetworks using LAN and WAN interfaces. North Idaho College operates a Cisco Regional Academy and a Local Academy that delivers training directly to students and professionals. NIC is a Microsoft IT Academy and a Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance partner.
Continued advances in network technology have created an increased need for professionals trained in the information technology field. Students will gain essential technical instruction that enables them to perform tasks such as network design, installation, maintenance, and management as well as fill network administration and systems administration job roles.
This is a limited enrollment program. Successful completion of the each semester or permission of the instructor is required to continue to the next semester. Successful completion of the technical certificate or permission of the instructor is required for enrollment in third and fourth semester courses. Placement in specific math and English courses is determined by the college assessment test. Prospective students who do not meet the initial eligibility requirements for a professional-technical limited enrollment program will need to take selected courses to receive necessary skill building prior to entering the program (see page 45).