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Information technology is a vital component of modern life. With training in sophisticated technical tools and information security, PCC’s Computer Information Systems (CIS) program will give you a competitive edge in this essential and dynamic field.

Salary

Salary and benefit packages vary greatly between employers and positions. Wage estimates for students with an associate degree in Oregon range from $18,817 to $75,739 with the average being $45,915 ($19/hour).

The Oregon Employment Department forecasts Portland area growth for computer information systems jobs ranges from 11%-18% through 2027.

Why choose Computer Information Systems at PCC?

PCC’s Computer Information Systems program prepares you for careers in computer networking and information software. We provide training in the programming languages, tools, and technologies used in today’s IT industry. Whether you are new to information technology or an IT professional, who seeks to update or expand your skillset, we have the classes you need.

Degrees and certificates

Awards with a icon can be earned completely online, or you can choose a mix of online and on-campus classes.

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
Associate Degree: Computer Information Systems2 years
Associate Degree: Cybersecurity2 years
Associate Degree: Network Administration2 years
Associate Degree: Web Development and Design2 years
Certificate: Computer Information Systems1 year
Certificate: Advanced Windows Network SecurityLess than 1 yearLimited entry, see how
to get into this program
Certificate: C# Application ProgrammingLess than 1 year
Certificate: Cybersecurity FundamentalsLess than 1 year
Certificate: Database Design and SQLLess than 1 year
Certificate: Java Application ProgrammingLess than 1 year
Certificate: Network Administration: Linux ServerLess than 1 year
Certificate: Network Administration: Microsoft ServerLess than 1 year
Certificate: Network Security: LinuxLess than 1 year
Certificate: Network Security: WindowsLess than 1 year
Certificate: Secure ProgrammingLess than 1 year
Certificate: Web Application DevelopmentLess than 1 year

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What will you learn?

PCC’s program is designed to develop your skills in areas such as organization and communication, programming languages, working as part of a team of users and technicians, structured design methodology, secure computing, and using the computer as a business problem-solving tool.

Topics covered in the CIS program include:

  • Database development
  • Network administration
  • Cybersecurity
  • Programming and application development
  • Project management
  • Web development

What will you do?

Some typical entry-level jobs in this field include:

  • Computer support specialist
  • Database administrator assistant
  • Junior programmer
  • Network defense technician
  • Cybersecurity technician
  • IT tech support
  • Software tester
  • Web developer
  • System administrator

Some of the employers that have hired PCC CIS graduates include:

  • City of Portland
  • Cisco
  • Comcast
  • Intel
  • Kaiser
  • Mentor Graphics
  • Moda Health
  • Nike
  • OHSU
  • PacifiCorp
  • PCC
  • Portland Public Schools
  • Precision Castparts
  • Quicken Loans
  • Safeway
  • SAIF Corp
  • US Bancorp
  • Yahoo

Next steps

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Limited entry awards have an additional application process. Learn about the prerequisite requirements for the Computer Information Systems program.

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