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Computer Information Technology Noncredit Programs

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​Continuing Education courses and programs in Computer Information Technology allow you to get fast hands-on training for your job or personal use. They’re affordable, accessible and short in length so you can focus on the specific skills you need.  

What kinds of jobs are available in IT? 

Network specialists design, install, configure and administer a wide array of networks including LANs (local area networks), WANs (wide area networks), Internet-based networks, intranets, voice communication and wireless systems, VPNs (virtual private networks) and cloud-based networks.  

Personal computer (PC) support specialists install computer hardware and software, interpret and resolve problems for users, and provide technical support for hardware, software and systems.  

Programmers design, write and update software using programming languages such as C, Objective-C, C++, C#, Java and Visual Basic.NET. Platforms include Apple and Windows desktop; Apple, Windows and Android mobile; and Web. Software development includes the rapidly expanding niche of mobile application developer.  

Web developers design, code, test and debug Web-based programs and media to create, publish and maintain websites. They integrate graphics, text and digital audio/video using both server-side and client-side technologies to develop rich Internet applications and Web services. 

Why is this a fast-growing occupation? 

Computers and information technology touch nearly every aspect of modern life. To keep IT systems running, a large workforce is needed to maintain networks, create new software, and ensure information security. High demand for these services has created a large number of fast growing and high paying IT jobs across the job spectrum. 

According to job growth projections by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) through 2022, employment in computer technology services will grow at more than four times the rate of all industries, 6.1 percent annually as compared to 1.3 percent for all industries. 

Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas’s targeted occupations through 2014 projects 11 separate IT positions as high growth areas, with the largest number of openings for software developers, nearly 16,000. Next highest growth is projected for computer support technicians, systems analysts, network administrators and programmers. 

Where are jobs available? 

The computer industry is one of the largest and fastest growing in the world. The rapid spread of computer-based technologies requires skilled technicians wherever there are computers:

  • Businesses of all kinds and sizes
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Schools and universities
  • Hospitals and health care facilities
Get training for a computer network career

​What are possible job titles?  

IT jobs are diverse in scope and responsibilities. Possibilities include: 

Network specialists:

  • Network support technician
  • Network administrator
  • Network security specialist
  • Database administrator
  • Cloud-support technician

 PC support specialists:

  • Support specialist
  • Help desk technician
  • PC technician
  • IT service technician

 Programming:

  • Programmer
  • Software developer
  • Systems analyst
  • Database analyst

Web and internet services: 
 

  • Flash developer (2-D animation)
  • Flex/action script developer
  • Webmaster
  • Digital media specialist
  • Information architect
  • Graphic designer
  • Digital developer

What are average salaries and job growth?  

Computer-related job openings continue to grow rapidly. The more specialized skills you acquire, the wider your range of options.

America’s Career Infonet gives detailed information about IT jobs in Texas:

​Job

Median​ Hourly
Rate 

Median​ Annual
Salary

Projected Job Growth
Through 2020​

Computer user support specialist  $21.75  $45,200  +20%
Web developer  $29.48  $61,300  +21%
Computer network support specialist  $30.26  $62,900  +20%
Database administrator  $35.29  $73,400  +45%
Computer programmer  $36.38  $75,700  +11%
Computer systems analyst  $38.66  $80,400  +25%
Network administrator  $36.54  $76,000  +12%
Information security analyst  $41.87  $87,100  +21%
Software developer, applications  $45.01  $93,600  +23%
Software developer, systems software  $46.56  $96,800  +29%

 

​Certification

Professional certifications in computer technology usually include completing a course of study, proof of professional accomplishments and making a specified grade on the certification exam. Certification ensures you are technically qualified to hold positions in the field and are generally good for a specific period of time. Renewing certification often requires proof of continuing education by continuing education units (CEUs).
 
Some certification programs are managed by vendors of specific technologies, such as Apple Inc., Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Google, IBM, Microsoft Corporation and Nortel.
 
Other certifications are offered by trade associations and vendor-neutral interest groups such as the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), Linux Professional Institute and the Network Professional Association. 

Computer Information Technology Programs at Colleges of DCCCD 

Computer Information Technology programs are offered through the Continuing Education divisions of all seven colleges of DCCCD.
 
Note that program content, length and cost vary; please check with the college of your choice to ensure the right fit for your goals and courses available in any given semester.
 
  • Brookhaven College Continuing Education: 972-860-4775                         
  • Cedar Valley College Continuing Education: 972-860-2995
  • Eastfield College Continuing Education: 972-860-7114
  • El Centro College Continuing Education: 214-860-2262                         
  • Mountain View College Continuing Education: 214-860-8835
  • North Lake College Continuing Education: 972-273-3386 
  • Richland College Continuing Education: 972-238-6146