The Information Technology program is career-laddered and competency-based. The program focuses on strong programming fundamentals, network connectivity, hands-on type projects, front-end graphical user interface (GUI) programming with strong connectivity to databases such as Microsoft ACCESS, Microsoft SQL Server, and Oracle in a stand alone as well as web environment. It provides training in the use and support of business-related computer systems, data communication networks (including local area networks), World Wide Web and its importance to businesses, and the development of business information technology systems programs using procedural and object-oriented programming techniques. The program includes a combination of business, computer, and information technology courses. Campus-based computer and networking projects, faculty-supervised laboratories, and workplace internships provide hands-on experience designed to prepare students for positions in computer support, programming, network hardware set up and configuration, or systems development in a business information technology system. The program focuses on computers, the Internet and the World Wide Web, and information technology as tools to solve business problems.
The program trains students in the management of storage and the use of client-server environments in the accessing, processing, storing, and networking of information on computer-based business systems. Today’s modern computing environment is a network of interrelated computer systems with connections via a local area network, wide area network, and the Internet. These computer-systems provide access to a variety of information to facilitate the operation of a business. Kapiʻolani Community College’s Information Technology program ensures student currency in these areas through courses in information technology.
The AS program also is designed to articulate with a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree with a concentration in Information Technology at the University of Hawaiʻi – West O‘ahu. To accomplish this articulation, the Information Technology program has created this third year Advanced Professional Certificate that will build a bridge from the AS degree at Kapi‘olani Community College to the BAS degree at University of Hawai‘i -West O‘ahu. The Information Technology program becomes more career-laddered, providing multiple entry and exit points for students to continue their studies and enter the world of work.
Degree and Certificate Programs
The Kapi‘olani Information Technology program offers the following degrees and certificates:
- Associate in Science - Information Technology (60 credits)The associate in science (AS) is a 60-credit degree program that prepares students for information technology careers in private businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. Students take business and general education courses to understand the principles of business and develop their communication and writing skills. The ITS courses focus on programming fundamentals, network connectivity, hands-on projects, and front-end graphical user interface (GUI) programming with strong connectivity to databases such as Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Server, and Oracle in a stand-alone as well as a web environment. As a capstone to the information technology degree, students enroll in an internship course where they gain actual job experience while earning credits towards graduation. The AS degree articulates to the University of Hawai`i-West Oahu toward a bachelor of applied science with a concentration in information technology. An advisor may provide detailed information about the courses required or recommended for articulation.
- Advanced Professional Certificate - Information Technology (18 credits)The advanced professional certificate (APC) is an 18-credit certificate. The program focuses on advanced topics in programming, networking security, web development and management, database design and administration. Upon completion, students are prepared to perform services as a network administrator to set up and configure a server or local area network, front-end GUI interface programmer, or web developer using rapid prototyping tools to produce the front-end GUI interface with connectivity to appropriate databases at the back-end. All APC courses apply to the University of Hawai‘i-West Oahu’s bachelor of applied science with a concentration in information technology.
- Certificate of Achievement - Information Technology (30 credits)The Certificate of Achievement in Information Technology program is a competency based program that is designed to prepare students for information technology and non-information technology entry-level positions in a business environment involving computer support: help desk, cabling and basic networking, minor office application support, and training. The certificate will enhance the information technology skills of the small business owner, non-IT account clerk, office administrator, office manager, and health, legal, hospitality, or other professional to become the key information technology support users in their respective areas.
- Certificate of of Competence - Database Administration (12 credits)The Certificate of Competence in Database Administration is an outcomes based program designed for the novice or professional information technology worker who has little to no experience in database administration. This certificate is appropriate for upgrading the database administration skills of industry members or for a focus for information technology AS students.
- Certificate of Competence - Help Desk Services (12 credits)The Certificate of Competence in Help Desk Services is an outcomes based program designed for the novice or professional information technology worker who has little to no experience in providing information technology help desk support. This certificate is appropriate for upgrading the support skills of industry members or for an entry-level position in a larger organization.
- Certificate of Competence - Programming (12 credits)The Certificate of Competence in Programming is a competency-based program designed for the novice or professional information technology worker who has little to no experience in programming. This certificate is appropriate for upgrading the programming skills of industry members or for a focus for Information technology AS students.
Potential Careers and Employers
- Careers: Computer support specialist, technical support specialist, help desk technician, database developer or administrator to set-up a local area network, front-end GUI interface programmer, or Web developer using rapid prototyping tools to produce the front-end GUI interface with connectivity to appropriate databases at the back-end.
- Potential Employers: Servco, State of Hawai‘i, City and County of Hawai‘i, University of Hawai‘i, Partners in Development, Starwood Hotels, Hawaiian Telephone, AT&T, Oceanic Time Warner. The United States Department of Labor publishes the Occupational Outlook Handbook with additional information about careers in information technology.
- Counselors/Advisors: Lori Sakaguchi, Student’s last name: A-L, 808.734.9017
- Counselors/Advisors: Cynthia Kimura, Student’s last name: M-Z, 808.734.9107
- Information Technology Program Coordinator: Hal Corcoran