Northwest-Shoals Community College offers AAS Degrees in Computer Information Systems that prepare the graduate to go right to work upon graduation. The options are: Cyber Security Option and Software Development Option. These options emphasize different areas of information technology, but both include experience in several programming languages and o ce applications. The CIS curriculum is updated upon recommendations of business/industry representatives.
Graduates of both options will have utilized the Test-Out system to practice on virtual computer hardware from anywhere as well as a physical lab on campus for hands-on computer hardware and software experience. All graduates have advanced knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office.
Graduates of the Cyber Security Option have the skills to repair and rebuild computer hardware, set up and con gure computer systems and networks, and secure networks and infrastructure against threats, including mitigating the e ects
of a security breach. The Security portion of this degree incorporates computer and infrastructure security, so graduates are trained in ethical hacker techniques, including those against hardware devices like Programming Logic Controllers (PLCs), which are utilized in Industrial Control Systems.
Graduates of the Software Development Option have experience developing software for the Microsoft Windows platform, the Android and Apple mobile platforms, the web, and the IBM Power System. The Swift programming language is used for Apple App development. A Mac lab has been established on campus so that students can write the Apple Swift programs. The lab includes iPods and mini iPads for testing purposes. Students also have access to their own virtual IBM Power System that they can access from anywhere courtesy of the IBM Academic Initiative. Students taking this option are also exposed to networking and maintenance techniques.
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