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School of Business, Technology & Trades :: Programs of Study

Information Systems Technology

The Information Technology Department offers several programs of study designed to prepare students for the exciting world of Information Technology. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts a strong need for well-trained Information Technology (IT) professionals into 2016 with 5 of the 30 fastest occupations being in the IT career field. The Roanoke Local Work Area also shows strong growth in the IT career fields. Industries of every type depend on IT to stay competitive, manage large amounts of information, stay connected with customers and reduce costs. In fact, almost every facet of industry depends directly or indirectly on IT for its success.

About Computer & Information Technology Occupations (Occupational Outlook Handbook)
User Groups & Professional Societies

Degrees & Career Studies Certificates

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Associate of Applied Science Degrees
Career Studies Certificates

Associate of Applied Science

The AAS major in Information Systems Technology is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in Information Technology fields and to update the technical knowledge of returning professionals. The general AAS degree is for students that want a broad knowledge of all aspects of the Information Technology field.

Program Details

Program details such as admission requirements, required courses, and suggested course sequence can be found in the college catalog.

Database & Program Developer Specialization - AAS

This curriculum is designed to provide students with a wide range of IT, project management, and business knowledge as well as concentrated programming and database skills in multiple languages. These skills are applicable for entry level employment in all sized IT companies. Employment opportunities include entry-level positions in fields including Application Developer, Java Developer, Database Developer, Database Administrator, Database Programmer, or Software Engineer.

Program Details

Program details such as admission requirements, required courses, and suggested course sequence can be found in the college catalog.

Network & Security Administration Specialization - AAS

This curriculum is designed to provide students with a wide range of IT, project management, and business knowledge as well as concentrated skills in Networking, security, and Cisco applications. These skills are applicable for all sized IT companies. Employment opportunities include entry-level positions in fields including Network Security Administration, System Administration, Network Technician, Desktop Support Technician, Cisco™ CCENT™, and Security Analyst.

Program Details

Program details such as admission requirements, required courses, and suggested course sequence can be found in the college catalog.

Web Programmer Specialization - AAS

This curriculum is designed to provide students with a wide range of IT, project management, and business knowledge as well as concentrated skills in web programming and design, including tools necessary for mobile applications.  These skills are applicable for all sized IT companies. Employment opportunities include entry level positions in fields including Internet Application Developers, Web Developers, Web Programmers, Webmaster, and Web Designers.

Program Details

Program details such as admission requirements, required courses, and suggested course sequence can be found in the college catalog.

IT: Cyber Security Career Studies Certificate

This curriculum is designed to give students the knowledge and skills needed to secure servers and Cisco networks. Topics include how to develop a security infrastructure, recognize threats and vulnerabilities to networks and servers, and to mitigate security threats. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the Cisco™ CCENT™ and Cisco™ CCNA™ Security certifications. The Cisco™ CCNA™ Security Certification meet the National Security Agency (NSA) CNSS 4011 training standard. Employment opportunities include entry-level positions as a Network Analyst, Security Analyst, or a Security Architect.

Program Details

Program details such as admission requirements, required courses, and suggested course sequence can be found in the college catalog.

Gainful Employment Disclosure will be linked when available.

IT: Database & Program Developer Career Studies Certificate

This curriculum is designed to provide students with a set of skills in the aspects of database and Java programming development necessary for small to medium sized companies. Employment opportunities include entry level positions in fields including Java Programmer, Database Developer, or Software Developer.

Program Details

Program details such as admission requirements, required courses, and suggested course sequence can be found in the college catalog.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

IT: Desktop Support Technician Career Studies Certificate

This curriculum is designed to give students the knowledge and skills to meet industry needs for hardware repair, desktop software support, and basic networking skills. Employment opportunities include entry-level positions as hardware repair personnel, software installers, and basic network trouble shooting. Occupational job titles would include: Help Desk Support Technician, Desktop Support Technician, and Hardware Repair Technician.

Program Details

Program details such as admission requirements, required courses, and suggested course sequence can be found in the college catalog.

Gainful Employment Disclosure will be linked when available.

IT: Introduction to Help Desk Solutions Career Studies Certificate

This Career Studies Certificate program is only available to students taking Dual Enrollment classes.

This curriculum is designed to give students the knowledge and skills to meet industry needs for hardware repair, desktop software support, and basic networking skills. Employment opportunities include Help Desk related jobs. Such jobs involve helping the customer or end user with information and support related to troubleshooting and providing guidance about computer related topics including security, operating systems, basic repair, software installation, word processing, spreadsheets, and database packages.

Program Details

Program details such as admission requirements, required courses, and suggested course sequence can be found in the college catalog.

Gainful Employment Disclosure will be linked when available.

IT: Network & Security Administration Career Studies Certificate

This curriculum is designed to give students the knowledge and skills to meet industry need for administration and support of computer systems. Employment opportunities include entry level positions as a Network or Security Administrator. Occupational job titles would include: Network Administrator, Security Administrator, Systems Administrator, Network Technician and Security Analyst. Students completing this program may sit for the Cisco™ CCENT™ Certification.

Program Details

Program details such as admission requirements, required courses, and suggested course sequence can be found in the college catalog.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

IT: Web Programmer Career Studies Certificate

This curriculum is designed to assist students in gaining the knowledge necessary to be employed in Web Design and Web Development. It will prepare students for the spectrum of demands associated with applying the latest technology for web applications. Employment opportunities include positions in the areas of Web Design, Web Development, and Interactive Design.

Program Details

Program details such as admission requirements, required courses, and suggested course sequence can be found in the college catalog.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs.

User Groups & Professional Societies

Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC) is a non-profit, member-driven association of businesses and organizations working together to promote the growth of the region's technology sector. With over 200 member companies and 24,000 employee members, RBTC hosts a very active list of events including TechNite, Tech and Toast, Security Forums, and Peer Roundtables. https://rbtc.tech/

Roanoke IT Security Forum brings together IT professionals in the Roanoke area to discuss cutting edge topics and applications in the Cyber Security world.  Meetings are held the second Thursday of every month at various companies around town.  Contact for more details.

The Oracle Academy mission is to advance computer science education globally to drive knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. As a member, Virginia Western receives expertly developed learning resources and world-class industry technologies for both the Java and Oracle database world.  Students receive discounts on industry tests. https://academy.oracle.com

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. ACM provides the computing field's premier Digital Library and serves its members and the computing profession with leading-edge publications, conferences, and career resources. http://www.acm.org.

The Cisco Networking Academy is an IT skills and career building program for learning institutions and individuals worldwide. More than 5.5 million people have joined the Networking Academy and become a force for change in the global economy since 1997. Virginia Western in a part of the Cicso academy and teaches the Cisco curriculum in both the Networking and the Security programs. https://www.netacad.com

Program Head

Dr. Diane D. Wolff
Professor, Information Systems Technology

Phone: 540-857-6214
Location: Business Science M224

B.A. - University of Northern Iowa
Ph.D. - Arizona State University
M.A.L.S. - Hollins University
C.A.S. - Hollins University

ITE Coordinator

Kim C. Ellis-Littlefield
Associate Professor, Information Systems Technology

Phone: 540-857-7264
Location: Business Science M322

A.A.S. - Virginia Western Community College
B.B.A. - Roanoke College
M.A.L.S. - Hollins University

Contact Us

School of Business, Technology & Trades
Location: Webber Hall W305
Phone: 540-857-7272
Fax: 540-857-7086

Mailing address:
3098 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015