Information Technology Program


Program Description

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)
  • Advanced Professional Certificate – Information Technology (18 credits)
  • Certificate of Achievement – Information Technology (30 credits)
  • Certificate of of Competence – Database Administration (12 credits)
  • Certificate of Competence – Help Desk Services (12 credits)
  • Certificate of Competence – Programming (12 credits)

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.


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Contact Information

  • 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
Naomi Midori Stafford
Naomi Midori Stafford Information Technology Alumni: dba Midori Designs Online
For a little over a year, I have been working on building up my own company, Midori Designs Online, here in Hawaii. My work involves website development and working with the back-end of the sites in different programming languages and with some databases. These are all skills that I received in the Information Technology program at Kapi’olani Community College and I wouldn’t be where I am right now, successfully having my own business, if it weren’t for having gone through the program. Anyone who is planning on starting their own business in any computer area should strongly consider going to KCC. The programs there are designed so that you can start working right away and the teachers are experienced professionals who can help with advice and encouragement.