Information Systems Technology offers a two-year curriculum that leads to a Associate of Applied Science degree.
This program involves building computer networks from the ground up, a process that involves evaluating protocols, operating systems, hardware components, networking devices and software tools to make a network run efficiently. Students have the opportunity to learn in a hands-on environment with a wide variety of classes that will benefit them after completing their degree. We are also privileged to be a Cisco® Networking Academy Program and a CompTIA® Academy. Our website can be found at ciscoserver.eastms.edu.
Students can begin this program at the beginning of the fall or spring semesters. Completion of the two-year program leads to an Associates of Applied Science degree. As part of this degree program, students will also be required to take the A+ and Network+ certifications. Students are also prepared to sit for the following non-required certifications: CCNA, Server+, Security+, MCP, and Linux+.
Minimum admission requirements: Obtain the following ACT scores: Math - 15, Reading - 15, Composite - 15. If a student doesn’t have the ACT, they may take the COMPASS and qualify with a Reading score of 73 and a Math score of 41.
Information Systems is an ever-evolving field of study. IT changes rapidly and requires students to be life-long learners with the ability to incorporate ever-changing technologies into their skill set.
Information technology is one field that hasn’t suffered any economic downturns. The need for well-trained IT personnel is present in every industry, from health care to manufacturing.
The number of job openings is expected to increase in areas such as network administration, network installation, Linux specialist, security specialist and computer/network technician.
According to Mississippi Employment Security Commission data, students completing the Information Systems Technology program should expect starting salaries ranging from $23,000 to $33,000 per year, depending on the field of specialization and the skill level of the student.