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 Hawai‘i – 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 (60-62 credits)
    The Information Technology program is career-oriented, career-laddered, and competency-based. The program focuses on cyber security, programming fundamentals, network connectivity, hands-on type projects, front-end graphical user interface (GUI) programming with strong connectivity to databases on standalone computers and server platforms including the web environment. This is all done within the context of supporting business activities. Upon satisfactory completion of the required 60 credits, the student earns an Associate in Science degree. The AS degree student can also earn Certificates of Competence in Help Desk, Programming, Database Administration and Cyber Security. Graduates are prepared to perform services as a cyber-security professional, computer support specialist, technical support specialist, help desk technician, database administrator, network administrator to set up and configure 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.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 Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu. To accomplish this articulation, the Information Technology program has created the third year Advanced Professional Certificate, 18 credits of Information Technology courses that 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 is career-laddered, providing multiple entry and exit points for students to continue their studies and/or enter the world of work.The AS program includes a combination of business, computer, and information technology (including cyber security) courses and selected general education courses that emphasize business concepts, business writing, or communications. Campus-based computer and networking projects, faculty-supervised laboratories, and workplace internships provide hands-on experience designed to prepare students for positions in the field. Students gain a perspective of the role that information technology plays in a business environment. The program also places an emphasis on teamwork, written and oral communication skills, and presentation skills within the context of a business environment.The current Associate in Science Information Technology degree articulates to the University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu (UHWO) towards the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS), Information Technology (effective fall 2010).
  • Advanced Professional Certificate - Information Technology (18 credits)
    The Information Technology Advanced Professional Certificate (APC) program is career-oriented and competency/outcomes-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 a web environment. This is all done within the context of supporting business activities. After satisfactory completion of 18 ITS credits at the 300 level, the student earns an Advanced Professional Certificate in Information Technology. Graduates 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.Students can take highly technical courses in Information Technology that build on the foundation and pillars they have constructed in their AS degree. These ITS courses at Kapi‘olani Community College build up the already existent pillars of Networking/Cyber Security, Databases, and Programming, and develop a pillar in Web Development, a rapidly growing niche in Information Technology. Students may elect to continue their studies and have their three years of study at Kapi‘olani Community College transfer to University of Hawai‘i–West O`ahu via an articulation agreement between Kapi‘olani Community College and University of Hawai‘i–West O`ahu (UHWO), take a few more courses in business and management, and earn their Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) with a Concentration in Information Technology. Additional classes in general education could be taken outside of the APC at Kapi‘olani Community College to provide a rounded educational experience as well as ease the transfer to the BAS at University of Hawai‘i–West O`ahu.
  • Certificate of Achievement - Information Technology (30-31 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 Achievement - Information Security and Assurance (30-31 credits)
    The Certificate of Achievement in Information Security and Assurance program is a competency-based program that is designed to prepare students for information technology cyber security entry-level positions in a business or government environment involving computer hardware or software, or network cybersecurity. The certificate will enhance the information technology cyber security skills of the small business owner, non-information technology account clerk, office administrator, office manager, and health, legal, hospitality, or other professional to become the key information technology security support users in their respective areas.
  • Certificate of Competence - Information Security and Assurance (15 credits)
    The Certificate of Competence in Information Security and Assurance is an outcomes-based program designed for the novice or professional information technology worker who has little to no experience in cybersecurity. This certificate is appropriate for upgrading the cyber security skills of industry members or for a focus for information technology AS students. Certificate topics include current cyber security issues, concepts, threats, and mitigation strategies.
  • Certificate of Competence - Database Administration (18 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. The certificate includes current cyber security issues, concepts, threats, and mitigation strategies.
  • Certificate of Competence - Help Desk Services (15 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. The certificate includes current cyber security issues, concepts, threats, and mitigation strategies.
  • Certificate of Competence - Programming (18 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. The certificate includes current cyber security issues, concepts, threats, and mitigation strategies.

The Business, Legal & Technology Industry Certification Test Center

The Information Technology program now offers a one-credit certification preparation class to help students prepare for the Security+ industry certification exam. Some prerequisite courses may be required. There are additional certification preparation classes offered in accounting (Online QuickBooks Pro) and paralegal (Relativity) fields.

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 Hawaii, 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.

Contact Information

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.
Naomi Midori Stafford

Information Technology Alumni, Midori Designs Online

Information Technology Program Outcomes

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