Business and Computer Science

Business & Computer Science

Business and Computer Science offers a wide range of preparation in Accounting, Business Management and Entrepreneurship, Hospitality, Restaurant Management, Marketing, Administration, Administrative Technology, Computer Information Systems, Data Systems and Development, Digital Media, and Networking Administration and support.

  • - Financial aid eligible
  • - Transferable to a 4-year institution
  • - Transferable to specific 4-year institutions through 2+2 agreements
  • - Can be earned entirely online

Industrial Technology: Industrial Machining

Certificate (CER)

The Industrial Machining Certificate prepares graduates for entry-level work in manual and/or CNC machining.

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Business Administrative Technology: Application Specialist

Certificate (CER)

This certificate highlights the accomplishment of obtaining top skills needed for employment using Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Completion of this certificate can be applied to the A.A.S. in Business Administrative Technology.

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Communication: Photography

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Photography program prepares students for employment as studio photographers, photographer assistants, lab/print specialists, freelance photographers, studio managers, and small business owners. Courses cover the fundamentals of photography through studio photography; historical processes through digital photography; the development of a photography portfolio; and the business of photography.

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Industrial Technology: Computer-Aided Drafting

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Computer-Aided Drafting: Mechanical Design Program provides the student with an understanding of the machine design process and prepares the student for employment as a mechanical draft person working in a computer environment .

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Networking: Microsoft Administration

Certificate (CER)

This certificate gives students advanced skills for working with Windows Operating Systems (workstation and server) troubleshooting, configuration, and design.

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Data Systems and Development: Web Development Certificate

Certificate (CER)

Focuses on web development skills; completion of certificate can be applied to the A.A.S. in Data Systems and Development.

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Construction Management

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Construction Management Program prepares students to enter the construction industry in technical, managerial, and supervisory roles in three major areas: residential and light commercial building construction, heavy commercial building construction, and civil construction (roads, bridges, utilities). Entry-level employment is generally in the areas of project management, field inspection, material testing, cost estimating, computer-aided drafting, and surveying.

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Hospitality Industry: Restaurant Management

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Restaurant Management Program prepares students for career-track positions in the restaurant, catering, and institutional food service field. Specialized courses are offered in quantity food preparation; supervision; food, beverage, and labor cost control; and menu planning in the food service industry.

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Networking: Linux Administration

Certificate (CER)

This certificate prepares students with advanced skills for working with Linux operating systems. Topics include troubleshooting and configuration.

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General Programming

Certificate (CER)

Builds foundational programming skills; completion of certificate can be applied to the A.A.S. in Data Systems and Development.

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Industrial Maintenance Technology

Certificate (CER)

The Industrial Maintenance Technology Program prepares students to install and maintain the electromechanical, mechanical pneumatic, and hydraulic systems used in manufacturing and building facilities. The student acquires knowledge of electrical power and motors, control systems, pumps, compressors, pneumatics, hydraulics, and power transfer devices. Students can expect to find employment as installers, technicians, and service representatives in manufacturing, sales, and customer service.

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Construction Management: Land Surveying

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Construction Management: Land Surveying program prepares the student either for employment as a surveying technician or for transfer to a four-year degree program to become an Illinois professional land surveyor. See Professional Licensing Notes** for education requirements for becoming a professional land surveyor. See a faculty advisor to discuss four-year degree options. Surveying technicians and professional land surveyors work in the fields of engineering, construction, land development, aerial photography, geographic information systems, agriculture, natural resource management, and government. Course work focuses on knowledge and hands-on skills needed for entry level employment and for professional licensing. All of the surveying courses offered in this program have been accepted by the Illinois Land Surveyors Licensing Board as meeting the requirements of the 24 credit hours required by the Illinois Professional Land Surveyor Act of 1989 and the Illinois Administrative Code as amended.

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Business Administrative Technology: Administrative Assistant Track

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Business Administrative Technology Program prepares students for administrative and technical support positions. Skills addressed include software applications, workplace ethics, mathematices, bookkeeping, and communications. Work experience is required at the end of the program. This can transfer to EIU as a 2+2 program.

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Economics

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

In 1776 Adam Smith called economics the "an inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations."  Today we think of economics more specifically as a social science that deals with the production, distribution, and consumption of commodities.

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Digital Media: 3D Software Development

Certificate (CER)

This certificate program equips students with software development and programming skills to work in threedimensional graphics software and application environments in the field of computer graphics. This is an advanced-level certificate containing courses with extensive prerequisites.

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Interactive Design Certificate

Certificate (CER)

The Interactive Design certificate prepares students for entrylevel positions that require in-depth knowledge of HTML, CSS, Javascript, and other web development tools. Students will learn the practical side of developing interactive designs for websites and devices. The certificate stresses technical competency and prepares students to manage a small business or community organization website. Students will build a diverse portfolio of digital media projects including responsive websites and ebooks.

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Agricultural Business: Management

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Agricultural Business Management Program prepares students for management positions in various agriculture businesses, including agricultural marketing and processing firms, agricultural supply and service firms, and agriculture production and management.

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Data Systems and Development: Database Foundation Certificate

Certificate (CER)

Focuses on database applications; completion of certificate can be applied to the A.A.S. in Data Systems and Development.

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Music Foundations: Music Business and Technologies

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

The Music Business and Technologies emphasis provides a foundation in music that prepares students for further study and careers in music fields such as music management, music production, sound engineering, sound design, music publishing and media promotion.

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Communication: Media Communications Concentration

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

The Media Communication concentration provides the foundation for further study in mass communication related to areas such as advertising, public relations, audio/video/internet production, journalism, and media effects research. Students in this area are prepared for careers in mass media industries such as radio, television, entertainment, and journalism.

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Hospitality Industry: Culinary Arts Management

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Culinary Arts Management Program prepares students for management and supervisory positions with commercial kitchens. Course work provides an emphasis in fundamental culinary arts skills and knowledge, quantity food production, cost control and staff supervision.

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Customized Career Preparation

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

This program allows students to develop and pursue individualized programs of study that meet their own personal and career goals. With the assistance of the professional staff in career programs and departments, each student will develop a viable program of study during the first semester of enrollment at the college. This plan must receive approval of the assigned faculty mentor and the appropriate department chair(s). A unique aspect of this program is the awarding of credit for non-collegiate prior learning or work experience.

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Hospitality Industry: Hotel/Motel Management Certificate

Certificate (CER)

The Hotel/Motel Management Certificate Program prepares students for supervisory positions in hotels, motels, and resorts by offering both specialized courses and industry work experience.

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Business Administrative Technology: Customer Service Track

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Business Administrative Technology Program prepares students for administrative and technical support positions. Skills addressed include software applications, workplace ethics, mathematices, bookkeeping, and communications. Work experience is required at the end of the program. This can transfer to EIU as a 2+2 program.

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Networking: Cisco Networking

Certificate (CER)

This certificate program prepares students with advanced skills for working with computer networks, Cisco routers, and switches. Wired and wireless networks are covered for troubleshooting, configuration, design, and repair.

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Network Administration and Support

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Computer Network System Administrator program prepares students to manage and administer the computer networks of small to medium-sized enterprises. Students will learn to use a variety of operating systems: use, install, and maintain networks; program routers and switches; develop networking software and develop and study documentation used to manage a network. Students will receive extensive hands-on experience. This can transfer to EIU, SIU, and UIS as a 2+2 program.

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Business Administrative Technology: Office Specialist

Certificate (CER)

The Office Specialist certificate equips students with general skills for entry level office professional positions. Completion of this certificate can be applied to the A.A.S. in Business Administrative Technology.

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Geographic Information Systems

Certificate (CER)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a method of using data gathered from various sources, including Global Position Satellite (GPS) systems, to develop “layers” of information about a geographic location. Applications are used in mapping streets, utilities, environmental markers, crime studies, and many other types of physical and societal information. It is an emerging industry that also has emerging career opportunities

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Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD): Mechanical Design

Certificate (CER)

The Computer-Aided Drafting: Mechanical Design Program provides the student with an understanding of the machine design process and prepares the student for employment as a mechanical draft person working in a computer environment.

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Business Entrepreneur Basics

Certificate (CER)

The Entrepreneur Basics certificate is designed to help anyone who has started a business or who plans to start a business. Completion of these courses will help those involved in management of a business or any organization, whether or not they are an owner. Business owners may also find earning this certificate will help improve their credibility as they seek financing and sales, and increase their potential for success.

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Communication: Media Arts and Production

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Media Arts and Production program prepares students for employment in small and medium market radio and TV stations as well as corporate communication and public relations offices. Because communication technology personnel must perform a variety of duties, this program stresses versatility. Communication courses offer students experience in live-audience and recorded speaking. Advertising and business courses involve students in other aspects of the communication industry. Audio, video and internet components are meshed with an understanding of the history and theory of development of the message. Students polish their skills by operating WPCD-FM, Parkland’s 10,500-watt educational radio station and filling production crew positions at PCTV, the college’s educational cable access channel.

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Accounting Certificate

Certificate (CER)

The Accounting Certificate Program prepares students for careers as junior accountants in business, industry, and government. This certificate can lead to a satisfying career as a payroll clerk or in general accounting, cost accounting, purchasing, inventory control, accounts receivable, accounts payable, tax assisting, or similar areas.

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Digital Media: 3D Animation Software

Certificate (CER)

This certificate program equips students with technical skills and proficiency in high-end 3D computer animation software used in feature films, video, and commercial production, CAD/CAM, 3D gaming, and architectural design.

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Associate in Arts, General

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree is designed so that students may complete the lower-division (freshman and sophomore) portion of a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. The A.A. degree includes the transferable General Education Core courses and the lower-division Baccalaureate Major Field core courses recommended by the Illinois Articulation Initiative. All course work must be baccalaureate-oriented (courses numbered 100-289 whose second digit is even). The A.A. degree is ideally suited for students seeking a B.A. degree in areas such as liberal arts and sciences, English, psychology, and many other fields. Since admission to colleges and universities — and to specific majors — is often competitive, students planning to transfer should understand that completing the recommended courses alone does not guarantee admission. It is recommended that students fulfill the foreign language requirement of the program of the senior institution to which they are transferring. In general, credit for the four years of the same high school foreign language or credit for two years in the same foreign language at the college level satisfies the foreign language requirement of most bachelor of arts degrees.

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Interactive Design

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Interactive Design program prepares students to design interactive user experiences for websites and devices. The program prepares students for careers in marketing communication, web design, web development, and related fields. Courses cover principles of design, visual communication, creative problem solving, user experience design, and web development. Students will build a diverse portfolio of creative digital media projects including responsive websites, ebooks, apps, and animation.

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Industrial Technology: Computer-Aided Drafting Certificate

Certificate (CER)

The Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) Certificate prepares graduates for entry-level work as CAD technicians in industry.

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Business Administrative Technology: Customer Service

Certificate (CER)

The Customer Service certificate is designed to equip students to provide quality service to customers. Successful graduates will be able to identify a comprehensive customer service strategy and implement the practical techniques needed to provide good service. Completion of this certificate can be applied to the A.A.S. in Business Administrative Technology.

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Business Administrative Technology: Office Assistant

Certificate (CER)

The Office Assistant certificate builds foundational office skills in one semester. Completion of this certificate can be applied to the A.A.S. in Business Administrative Technology.

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Business Administrative Technology: Bookkeeping Office Assistant

Certificate (CER)

The Bookkeeping Office Assistant certificate gives students general knowledge of office and bookkeeping skills. Graduates may be employed by businesses as an office assistant. Completion of this certificate can be applied to the A.A.S. in Business Administrative Technology.

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Hospitality Industry: Foodservice Sanitation

Certificate (CER)

Foodservice sanitation as it applies to every phase of foodservice operations. Emphasizes cleanliness and protection of the health of the public served as well as of the organization’s staff. Includes a certification exam that fulfills the state requirements.

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Hospitality Industry: Hotel/Motel Management

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Hotel/Motel Management Program prepares students for career-track positions in the hotel, motel, and resort field. In addition to a general business foundation, students receive specialized education in front office operations, food and beverage, housekeeping and buildings operation, hospitality marketing, and hospitality industry law.

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Accounting

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Accounting Program prepares students for careers as junior accountants in business, industry, and government. This degree can lead to a satisfying career as a payroll clerk or in general accounting, cost accounting, purchasing, inventory control, accounts receivable, accounts payable, tax assistant, or similar career areas. Students receive a well-rounded background to help prepare for future management positions.

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Business Marketing

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Marketing is the process of directing products from the producer to the consumer. Students prepare for their marketing careers by learning the principles, practices, and methods of operations of different types of marketing firms.

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Associate in Science, General

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree is designed to facilitate the transfer of students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (commonly known as STEM) disciplines into four-year institutions to complete a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. It replicates as closely as possible the lower division (freshman and sophomore) coursework required of students in their chosen STEM field of study. The A.S. degree includes the transferable General Education Core Curriculum courses and the lower-division Baccalaureate Major Field core courses recommended by the Illinois Articulation Initiative. All course work must be baccalaureate-oriented (courses numbered 100- 289 whose second digit is even). Students should note that the A.S. degree requires only 31 to 35 hours of general education coursework and does not fully satisfy the IAI General Education Core Curriculum requirements. Two additional courses to complete the general education requirements may be taken after transferring. The A.S. degree is so designed to enable students to take more university majorsrequired coursework in the first two years thereby achieving junior status upon transferring. At the same time, it permits STEM students to complete the associate’s degree prior to transferring.

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Business Administrative Technology: Bookkeeping Track

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Business Administrative Technology Program prepares students for administrative and technical support positions. Skills addressed include software applications, workplace ethics, mathematices, bookkeeping, and communications. Work experience is required at the end of the program. This can transfer to EIU as a 2+2 program.

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Digital Media

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Digital Media program equips students with the skills necessary for the design of computer-generated applications and media. Areas include 3D animation and game design. The digital media program prepares students for employment in such areas as gaming, feature film, web design, video and commercial production, post-production, visual effects, and architectural design. Students begin their training in classes in 2D and 3D fundamentals, imaging, and design. Students then study the aesthetic and design aspects of digital media with focused courses in graphic design, fine arts, and advanced imaging. This program transfers to the Bachelor’s of Science in Media Arts in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

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Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD): Structural and Civil

Certificate (CER)

The Computer-Aided Drafting: Structural and Civil certificate prepares the student for employment as a drafting technician in the structural, electrical, plumbing, and heating systems of buildings or in civil construction. This includes drafting threedimensional plans for subdivisions, roads, bridges, and surveying projects. CAD techniques in AutoCAD, Revit Architecture, Microstation, and Geopak are covered.

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Business Entrepreneurship

Certificate (CER)

The Entrepreneurship Certificate is designed for owners, managers, and employees of existing or proposed businesses, entrepreneurial ventures, and independent businesses and organizations of all sizes. Completion of this certificate should strengthen the general business skills of present and aspiring business managers, especially those who manage a small business.

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Communication: Media Production

Certificate (CER)

This certificate program is designed for students interested in media, music, computers, and the arts. It prepares students for entry-level positions that require in-depth knowledge of mass communication production techniques and software. Students will gain practical experience producing for radio, television, sports, music, film, and digital media. Graduates are employed as production assistants at radio or television stations or in corporate departments in gaming, music, film, or other entertainment industry fields.

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Agricultural Business: Precision Ag Tech

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Precision Ag Technology Program prepares students for positions which require the use of current technological tools such as global positioning systems, geographic information systems, and computer software programs. Students are prepared for positions with soil testing companies, crop consulting firms, fertilizer and chemical retailers, and golf courses.

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General Studies

Associate in General Studies (A.G.S.)

The Associate in General Studies (A.G.S.) degree program consists of courses designed to meet individual goals for personal improvement and self-understanding. This program is designed for students who wish to earn an associate’s degree but not in a specific career or transfer area. This associate’s degree is not covered by the “articulation compact program” nor by the Illinois Articulation Initiative.

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Business Management

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Management Program is designed for both students and managers. The courses highlight the type and nature of business firms as well as other forms of organizations such as government and education.

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Computer Science Technical Emphasis

Associate in Science (A.S.)

Baccalaureate degree programs in Information Technology have traditionally grown from a number of different disciplines, including Mathematics, Business, and Engineering.? Computer Science (CS) degrees usually have a general theoretical emphasis.? Computer Information Systems (CIS) degrees have more of a business emphasis. Computer Engineering degrees have a hardware emphasis.? At the two year level, either the CS or CIS degree provides a good foundation for further study in most fields of Computer Science.? Engineering degrees are most specific to future engineering study.? To transfer into a baccalaureate degree program in Computer Science as a junior, students need to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits.? Students are strongly encouraged to complete an A.S. degree prior to transfer.? Since admission is competitive, completion of the recommended courses does not guarantee admission.?Students should plan their transfer programs with a CSIT faculty advisor and the catalog of the four-year college or university they plan to attend.

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Business Administrative Technology

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Business Administrative Technology Program prepares students for administrative and technical support positions. Skills addressed include software applications, workplace ethics, mathematices, bookkeeping, and communications. Work experience is required at the end of the program. This can transfer to EIU as a 2+2 program.

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Hospitality Industry: Foodservice

Certificate (CER)

The Food Service Certificate Program prepares students for supervisory positions in the commercial and institutional food service field by offering specialized courses and industry work experience.

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Business Administration

Associate in Science (A.S.)

Business administration programs include courses and majors in general business, accounting, finance, marketing, and management. The following recommendations apply to courses and programs in all of these fields. To transfer into a baccalaureate degree program in business administration as a junior, students need to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits. Students are strongly encouraged to complete an A.S. degree prior to transfer. Since admission is competitive, completion of the recommended courses does not guarantee admission. Students should plan their transfer programs with a Parkland academic advisor or counselor and the degree requirements of the four-year college or university they plan to attend.

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Hospitality Industry: Foodservice Assistant

Certificate (CER)

The Foodservice Assistant certificate is designed to prepare students to work in commercial kitchens. The coursework will provide instruction to help anyone who wishes to enter the culinary arts profession or is seeking advancement in the industry. Completion of the certificate will provide experience in food production, sanitation, and menu planning.

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Business Administrative Technology: PC Support Track

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Business Administrative Technology Program prepares students for administrative and technical support positions. Skills addressed include software applications, workplace ethics, mathematices, bookkeeping, and communications. Work experience is required at the end of the program. This can transfer to EIU as a 2+2 program.

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Communication: Public and Professional Communication Concentration

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

The Public and Professional Communication concentration provides a foundation for continued study in effective communication strategies and research in areas such as interpersonal, public address, organizational communication, and rhetorical studies. Public and Professional communication prepares students for careers in public service, customer relations, education, corporate management and leadership.

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Agricultural Business

Certificate (CER)

The Agri-Business Certificate Program provides students with general knowledge in the areas of agri-marketing, agri-supply, and agricultural production.

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Networking: Computer Foundations

Certificate (CER)

This certificate covers the basics of Windows and Linux operating systems, PC repair, and basic networking. Upon completion, students are prepared for entry-level PC support positions.

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Computer Information Systems: Information Systems Emphasis

Associate in Science (A.S.)

Baccalaureate degree programs in Information Technology have traditionally grown from a number of different disciplines, including Mathematics, Business, and Engineering.? Computer Science (CS) degrees usually have a general theoretical emphasis.? Computer Information Systems (CIS) degrees have more of a business emphasis. Computer Engineering degrees have a hardware emphasis.? At the two year level, either the CS or CIS degree provides a good foundation for further study in most fields of Computer Science.? Engineering degrees are most specific to future engineering study.? To transfer into a baccalaureate degree program in Computer Science as a junior, students need to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits.? Students are strongly encouraged to complete an A.S. degree prior to transfer.? Since admission is competitive, completion of the recommended courses does not guarantee admission.?Students should plan their transfer programs with a CSIT faculty advisor and the catalog of the four-year college or university they plan to attend.

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