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.

Information Sessions

If you are interested in completing a CIS Certificate or AAS Degree, we highly recommend that you attend an information session.

These information sessions are geared for prospective and new CIS students, however all CIS students are welcome to attend. No pre-registration required.

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
  • Health Informatics
  • Network Administration
  • Network Security and Computer Forensics
  • Project Management

Degrees and Certificates

In this program you can earn the following:



  • One-Year Certificate in Computer Information Systems
  • One-Year Certificate in E-Commerce
    • Design and Development Concentration
    • Administration Concentration
  • Less than One-Year CIS Career Pathway Certificates:
    • Database Design and SQL
    • Oracle and SQL
    • Java Application Programming
    • VB.Net Application Programming
    • Web Application Development
    • Network Administration
    • Linux Server Administration
    • Microsoft Server Administration
    • UNIX/Linux Network Security
    • Windows Network Security

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

Transfer Options

The Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) offers regionally accredited Bachelor of Science degrees in Information Technology and some of our CIS courses will transfer into their program. To learn more about OIT’s program, please visit our University Transfer website. CIS Student Resource Specialists can also help answer many of your transfer questions.

Course Planning

The program is located on the Sylvania campus, although many of the beginning CIS courses are offered at several PCC campus and center locations. Most of the courses can also be completed online. The student is expected to work with a CIS Student Resource Specialist or CIS Faculty Advisor in planning term by term schedules leading toward fulfillment of all program requirements.

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. Attend an Advising Session or meet with a CIS Student Resource Specialist.

Are you enrolled in and nearing completion of your certificate or degree?

The Professional Skills Training and Employment Project (ProSTEP) Training and employment placement services can help pay for short-term skill upgrade and industry-recognized certifications, two-year degree programs, internships, and On-the-Job Training in computer information and network technology.

Please plan to attend the Training Information and Scholarship workshops! Check the ProSTEP flyer for details.