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Information Technology

The Degree

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

The Outlook

With the global explosion of mobile devices and Internet-based technologies, and the need to manage digital information and communications in secure environments, the field of information technology is undergoing rapid changes. The A.A.S. degree program in Information Technology at Finger Lakes Community College is continually evolving to meet the demands of the field and our regional industries and businesses.

According to Computerworld's Hot IT Skills for 2014, companies are planning significant hiring in the areas of Programming and Application Development, Help Desk/Technical Support, Networking, Mobile Applications and Device Management, Project Management, Database Administration, Security Compliance/Governance, and Business Intelligence/Analytics.

The Program

In the A.A.S. Information Technology program, students complete a set of core courses that provide a strong foundation for their studies in information technology. Students complete courses in application programming, networking, hardware and operating systems, and at the end of their studies each student is required to complete an internship experience allowing them to apply the skills learned in lab-based classrooms to a real-time business environment.

Advisement areas: Based on their individual career goals, students then select one specialty area, called advisement areas, on which to focus their studies. FLCC's program includes two separate advisement areas in:

  • Networking and Security
  • Web and Multimedia Application Development

Advantages: The program is accredited and flexible. It meets many employers' tuition reimbursement policies and allows students to earn college credits for their studies, while at the same time receiving the preparation needed for certification exams. While certifications rapidly become outdated, college credits retain their value and provide the student with a strong foundation for professional growth. An additional advantage of FLCC's program is that it can be completed through part-time, evening studies.

Honors Courses: The College offers honors courses that provide enhanced educational experiences for students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. Enrollment in honors courses is open to qualified students in this degree program, as well as all other qualified FLCC students. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase student transfer options to four-year institutions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate the ability for sound reasoning and problem-solving by planning, implementing, documenting, testing, and executing computing solutions, and by troubleshooting and diagnosing technical problems in existing computer systems and networks.
  • demonstrate the ability to safely assemble, configure, and optimize modern computer systems.
  • demonstrate the ability to research, design, build, configure, and implement effective computer network systems.
  • demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics in the development of logical computer program algorithms and technical solutions.
  • write clear and concise technical documentation, user documentation, technical specifications, and needs analyses.
  • locate, research, analyze, and evaluate technical materials and professional technical resource organizations.
  • effectively organize their thoughts, plan a presentation, and deliver oral   presentations to an audience of their peers and instructors.
  • demonstrate the ability to be effective team members, whether in the workplace or in society, by learning how to work together and communicate with each other in order to create a technology solution or final project within a required timeframe.
  • discuss key ethical issues and global concerns in relation to the field of information technology, and their responsibility to this field as information technology professionals of the future.
  • demonstrate the ability to research, identify, evaluate, analyze, select, and implement current technologies as appropriate in order to implement effective computing solutions.

The Experience

All students learn how to program in computer labs using a high-level language, complete hands-on lab work assembling and troubleshooting personal computers, and create and troubleshoot networks in our newly designed networking lab. In addition, during the first semester of study all students complete the CS Portal course which provides exposure to all of the specialties within the computing sciences field, and personal one-on-one advising. At the end of their studies, all students complete an internship providing them with an opportunity to practice their skills in a real-world setting, from finding a job, to solving a problem at work, to a final presentation to faculty members.

Depending upon the advisement area chosen, students complete 8 additional courses within their specialization.  Courses offered are lab-based utilizing hands-on learning and current productivity and development tools. In the Networking and Security advisement area students complete courses in routing and switching, Linux, systems administration, command line network administration, computer law and policy, information security, ethical hacking and computer forensics and investigation.  In the Web and Multimedia Application Development advisement area students complete courses in programming mobile applications, user interface design, Visual Basic, database concepts, Web development I & II, server-side scripting, and multimedia development.

Resources: For our computing science majors, FLCC provides 3 computer labs on main campus, 2 computer labs and a networking lab at the new Victor Center, 1 computer lab at the Wayne campus and 1 computer lab at the Geneva campus. Operating systems and software applications are current and include productivity applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access, and Adobe Creative Suite products including Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and Flash.

Certification: In addition, the College offers computer certification and testing at the Victor Campus Center, where students can test for certifications in areas such as Microsoft Office User Specialist, Microsoft Certified Systems Expert, CompTia's A+, Network+, and INet+.

The Graduates

FLCC's A.A.S. Information Technology program is designed to prepare students to enter the workforce upon graduation in positions such as help desk technician, network technician or administrator, PC technician, applications developer, database administrator, programmer, or website developer.

Graduates may also choose to take additional liberal arts courses at FLCC and transfer to four-year colleges and universities such as SUNY technical colleges at Alfred, Delhi, Morrisville, and Canton, Rochester Institute of Technology, and others to pursue baccalaureate degrees in the field.

The Scholarships

The Brenda Brockman Beck Scholarship and Patricia Nettnin Memorial Scholarship are awarded annually to a computer science major who meets the specific criteria of the award. For details or information about other scholarship opportunities, contact a member of the Computer Science Department or the Financial Aid Office.

The Faculty

The Computing Sciences faculty bring to FLCC a wide breadth of talent and a great depth of experience. Each faculty member specializes in a particular area of the discipline, and continually strives to stay current in that area. We are committed to providing students with the most up-to-date programs and courses, and strive to provide our students with excellent education at the certificate and associates degree levels.