My name is Chet Cunningham and I am the Computer and Information Technologies program coordinator and have been with Madisonville Community College since 2001, recently finishing my 13th year.
Computer and Information Technologies (CIT) is one of the fastest growing and highest paying fields in the job market today. The CIT program at Madisonville Community College is an associate of applied science (AAS) degree that prepares graduates for exciting positions in the Information Technology field. In addition to earning your degree, you can prepare for industry-recognized certifications to improve your job skills and employability. The CIT degree can also transfer to four-year universities.
Students have the option to study in several areas, including Network Administration, Information Security and Computer Programming.
The Computer and Information Technologies (CIT) program leads to an associate of applied science (AAS) degree that prepares you for entry-level positions as information technology professionals. You will learn the skills needed to problem solve and communicate effectively within the complex information technology industry.
The CIT curriculum is supported by a solid foundation of general education and core courses that include writing, communications, computer, and math skills. You will obtain hands-on training to develop skills in local area networks (LANs) and how they operate, computer programming, networking, hardware and software maintenance, database design and web page development.
You will also be prepared to sit for industry-recognized certification exams available at our VUE testing center.
Upon completion of this program, you will be prepared to enter the workforce with established training and a portfolio in hand for prospective employers, or ready to transfer.
For a printable copy of program course requirements, click an option above or consult the Madisonville Advising Plan.
Employment opportunities include entry-level network administration positions involving installation and administration of local and wide area networks and as a computer support specialist. The growth rate in this area is expected to be rapid over the next five years. Salaries in computer networking are in a range from $22,000 (minimum reported starting salary) to $38,768 (average starting salary) to $55,500 (maximum reported starting salary). Source: American Association of Community College Research Brief, 2001.
Computer and Information Technology career outlook information can be found at the link below. The MCC CIT program graduates have had great success in being employed in the IT field both locally and throughout our region.
Bureau of Labor Statistics (Computer Occupations Page) http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/home.htm
The CIT degree has articulation agreements with Murray State University and Western Kentucky University to allow the student to continue on and complete a bachelor's degree. Murray State will accept the CIT degree, with any option, as the first two years of their Telecommunication Systems Management (TSM) bachelor's degree. These classes are available online or face-to-face in Murray. Western will accept the CIT degree, with any option, as the first two years of their Computer Information Technology (CIT) bachelor's degree. The classes are available only online. These are wonderful opportunities for students who are interested in information technology and working in the computer field. Other transfer options are available, but in most cases the courses are taken on a case-by-case basis.
This program has no special admission requirements. Please consult MCC’s general admission requirements.
Completion of the program should take two years, assuming that you maintain full-time enrollment status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.