Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Information technology jobs are "projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations and add 286,600 new jobs over the 2008-18 decade."

US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2010-11 Occupational Outlook Handbook.

CIS Student Advising

The CIS program is located on the Sylvania Campus in the TCB Building.

Students interested in completing a CIS Certificate or Associate of Applied Science Degree are encouraged to contact the CIS Advisor, Michele Maxwell for academic planning and assistance.

Computer Information Systems are a necessary and vital component of our modern life. Our program prepares students for careers in computer networking and information software by providing training in the programming languages, tools and technologies used in today’s IT industry. Our classes are taken by students who are new to Information Technology as well as by IT professionals, who are interested in updating or expanding their skill set.

Some typical entry-level jobs in this field include Computer Support Specialist, Help Desk, Network Administrator Assistant, and Database Administrator Assistant. Please visit Careers to learn more about this exciting industry.

CIS students

Topics covered in the CIS program include:

  • Programming and Application Development
  • Database Development
  • Web Technology
  • Network Administration
  • Network Security and Computer Forensics
  • Project Management

Degrees and Certificates

In this program you can earn the following:


  • Associate of Applied Science: Computer Information Systems
  • Associate of Applied Science: Computer Information Systems Network Administration Option


  • One-Year Certificate: Computer Information Systems
  • Less than One-Year CIS Certificates:
    • Microsoft Server
    • Linux Server Administration
    • Web Application Development
    • C# Application Programming
    • Java Application Programming
    • Database Design & SQL

    Please Note: The Less-Than-One-Year Certificates are at an advanced level and are designed for individuals already working in an information technology position.

Please see the Catalog for information regarding program requirements and course descriptions.

What's Next?

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  1. Apply for admission to PCC. Identify yourself as a Degree or Certificate seeking student and specify the CIS program when you fill out the application.
  2. Take the College Placement Tests. (See the Program Requirements listed in the Catalog.)
  3. If you have college credits from a regionally accredited college or university within the United States, order an official copy of those transcripts and have them evaluated by Student Records.
  4. Contact the CIS advisor, Michele Maxwell at Sylvania campus.