Overview

Computer hardware and software is the lifeline of all organizations and knowledgeable individuals that keep these systems running have important jobs to do. Our flexible Information Technology program is designed to suit your busy life and leads to excellent employment or transfer opportunities.  Three industry focused areas of Networking, Operating Systems and Security, and Programming ensures that you receive in demand skill sets preparing you for a successful IT career.

Information Technology is a STEM discipline that covers the computing hardware, software, networks and other forms of technology that drive most modern organizations today.  As the complexity and performance of technology has increased, so has the demand for highly skilled workers.  WMCC offers an extremely flexible hybrid degree in IT that suits your personal and work life and leads to excellent transfer and employment opportunities.

Industry Focused

 The Associate Degree in Information Technology provides students with extensive training in three areas:

  • Networking: Offered in conjunction with Cisco Networking Academy program, the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) program provides individuals with the skills needed to deploy, manage and troubleshoot enterprise networks.  This program also prepares students for the Comp TIA A+ Certification exam.
  • Operating Systems & Security: This module of courses covers network operating systems.  It also prepares students for the cybersecurity challenges they will face in the IT industry and prepares students for the Comp TIA Security+ Exam.
  • Programming: We provide an introduction to programming in several different languages.  Students start with a foundation in Visual Basic and then expand to object oriented programming with Java and a course on SQL databases.  Coding Dojo’s list of Most In-Demand Programming Languages for 2017 include both SQL and Java in the top three.

Flexible

The IT program at WMCC is offered in a hybrid format.  This means that you get the benefit of seeing your teachers each week for lab work and questions, but also get the flexibility to learn much of the material at home on your own schedule.  The in-person section of IT courses are offered one evening a week.  General education requirements must also be met, but depending on a student’s choices, can usually be done completely online if desired.  It’s the best of both worlds.

Pathways

Cisco and CompTIA certifications are industry recognized achievements that are continually updated and provide students with credentials that boost their already excellent employment opportunities.  The IT program also has an active advisory board that not only review the curriculum, but also provide opportunities for real world experience.  In addition, WMCC has an articulation agreement with Plymouth State University. Students who complete the Associate in Science degree in Information Technology with course grades of C or better can transfer all credits earned at WMCC to the Plymouth State University Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and enter under junior status. A pathway to a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science is also in place with the University of New Hampshire – Manchester.

Students may also opt to enroll in the two-semester Information Technology Certificate program, designed to provide specific skills and competencies for the computer user.

Program available in Berlin. 

First Year

Fall Semester Lec Lab Cr
ENGL120W College Composition 4 0 4
IST113W IT Essentials 3 2 4
IST151W Computer Networking l 3 0 3
PHYS118W The Physics of Raspberry Pi 2 2 3
  Liberal Arts Elective 3 0 3
  Semester Total 15 4 17
         
Spring Semester Lec Lab Cr
IST114W Linux Essentials 3 0 3
IST125W Introduction to Programming 3 2 4
IST153W Computer Networking Il 3 2 4
  Mathematics 4 0 4
  Semester Total 13 4 15
  First Year Total     32
Summer Semester      
IST200W IT Internship 0 3 1
  Total     1

Second Year

Fall Semester Lec Lab Cr
ENGL211W Professional Writing 3 0 3
IST115W Object Oriented Programming with JAVA 3 2 4
IST232W Computer Security 3 0 3
IST251W Computer Networking III 3 0 3
  Mathematics 4 0 4
  Semester Total 16 2 17
         
Spring Semester Lec Lab Cr
IST230W Network Servers and Security 3 0 3
IST235W SQL Databases 3 0 3
IST253W Computer Networking lV 3 0 3
  Humanities 3 0 3
  Social Science 3 0 3
  Semester Total 15 0 15
  Second Year Total     32
         
  Total for A.S. Degree     65

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Troubleshoot, configure, and maintain desktop computer hardware.
  • Install and configure Windows computers and servers.
  • Design local area networks using multiple subnetworks.
  • Configure networking devices to forward traffic throughout local area networks.
  • Configure networking devices to connect to Internet Service Providers.
  • Configure and maintain computer network servers.
  • Establish and maintain basic network security policies and procedures.
  • Prepare for selected industry recognized certifications.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the foundation of programming languages and object-oriented databases.
  • Demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in social, legal, and ethical implications of computer information technology.

  • Rachel Dandeneau

    Rachel Dandeneau

    STEM & Advanced Manufacturing
    Associate Professor of Environmental Science / Department Chair, STEM / Program Coordinator, Environmental Science

81%

of students qualify for financial aid