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Computer Education programs

Credit and Degree students in front of a computer

Credit and degree

Courses for those interested in earning a degree or majoring in computing. Our credit classes can be taken individually or in pursuit of a degree.

Training and Certification student in front of a computer

Training and certification

For the curious and the professional. Our non-credit training classes vary from introductory concepts to highly technical, industry-recognized certifications.

Non-Credit student in front of a computer

Non-credit classes

Community Education offers a wide range of non-credit computer classes. Join us for fun, or to learn a valuable new skill.

Find courses on a particular computer topic

To find the individual computer classes offered each term, use our class schedule. Just key in the topics that interest you, for example, “Internet”, and you’ll find both credit and non-credit classes related to that topic. Listed below are a few to get you started. You can also narrow your search by choosing specific class days, locations, and more in the advanced search:

Or, choose your path

At PCC, you have many options. Whether you’re an expert or just looking for the basics, we offer a range of courses designed to fit your budget, schedule, and specific goals. Find your path by selecting the item in the list below that best describes your goal:

Major in computing and earn a degree

Look into credit classes offered through our three computing majors. You can take credit classes individually or pursue the full program to earn an associate’s or a transfer degree in computers. This includes:

  • Computer Information Systems: Focuses on the development, installation, and administration of hardware-software systems and networks for businesses and other organizations. Includes program design and development, technical support, end-user training, database design, software and hardware evaluation, system integration, and documentation.
  • Computer Science Transfer: Focuses on both theoretical investigations and practical developments in computer technology and applications, including representation and storage of information, programming languages, and the design and implementation of microprocessors to execute algorithms. Credits earned in this program transfer to four-year institutions, toward a bachelor’s degree.
Take individual classes for college credit

Look into credit classes offered through our three computing majors. You can take credit classes individually or pursue the full program to earn an associate’s or a transfer degree in computers. This includes:

  • Computer Information Systems: Focuses on the development, installation, and administration of hardware-software systems and networks for businesses and other organizations. Includes program design and development, technical support, end-user training, database design, software and hardware evaluation, system integration, and documentation.
  • Computer Science Transfer: Focuses on both theoretical investigations and practical developments in computer technology and applications, including representation and storage of information, programming languages, and the design and implementation of microprocessors to execute algorithms. Credits earned in this program transfer to four-year institutions, toward a bachelor’s degree.
Brush up on some computer training for my job

First, consider what kind of computer training you really need. Do you want to learn how to use Microsoft Word, Excel, or other common office software? Are you looking for more advanced training such as earning a professional certification in a particular computer system? Would you consider taking a credit course that could lead to earning a degree in computers? After thinking this through, consider some of our main pathways:

Find my employees a training program to help advance our business

Visit the CLIMB Center. Through the Center’s resources, we can connect you to customized training options specifically designed for your company and employees. Training can be held at any of our state-of-the-art computer lab locations around the city, or we can even hold classes at your site. We also offer free consultations to discuss your company’s unique training needs.

Take a computer class for fun

Explore your interest! Our Community Education program offers hundreds of non-credit classes each term to keep you learning for life. Computer classes range all the way from Word and PowerPoint to Digital Photo Art. Classes can be taken at any of our computer sites, or even from your home computer through our Community Education Online program. We also offer classes for seniors or those new to computers that are specially designed to teach you basics at a comfortable pace, in a fun, no-pressure environment.

Take a basic-level, non-credit class to learn how to use my computer better

Our Community Education program offers hundreds of non-credit classes each term to help you learn to master your computer. Classes in programs like Word, Excel, Quickbooks, PowerPoint, Photoshop, and more are all conducted at a comfortable, no-pressure pace that teaches you everything you need to know to get started. Classes can be taken at any of our computer sites, or even from your home computer through our Community Education Online program. We also offer more advanced classes to keep your skills up, and slower-paced classes specially designed for seniors or those new to computers.

Take a class about any subject (computer or not) online from my home or office computer

PCC offers many options to take online classes from the convenience of your home or office computer. For credit classes, our Online Learning website explains how to get started with online classes that can lead to a degree. For non-credit classes, our Community Education Online program offers a range of computer classes for personal or professional improvement.