The CIS program offers computer courses for students with a variety of learning goals and computer knowledge. Course offerings provide opportunities for computer professionals to learn emerging technologies and upgrade their technical skills as well as for students who are new to using a computer or who want to improve their personal computer skills. In addition, degrees and certificates help students prepare for computer careers or to continue their education at an institution of higher learning by focusing on the technical, analytical, and communication skills needed in computer careers such as computer programmer, systems analyst, computer support specialist, UNIX administrator, or database administrator. Course offerings include computer literacy; various programming languages; operating systems; technical writing; information systems management; systems analysis and design; project management; and database management including database concepts, SQL, database administrator, and database programming. Most courses are held in the computer lab where students receive hands-on training. Opportunities for internships are available.
Oakton offers the A.A.S. Degree with emphasis in either Computer Programming or Computers and Information Systems. In addition, nine certificate programs are offered: Computer Information Systems: Computer Programmer; Visual Basic Programmer; PC Support Specialist; Oracle Database Administrator (DBA); UNIX; Internet and Computer Core (IC3); Computer User; and Management of Information Systems (MIS). The Computer Technology certificate gives the student an opportunity to select specific coursework as part of the “build your own” technology certificate. Many of these certificates may lead to Oracle, Linux, or Microsoft industrial certifications.