Expectations and Skills Taught
"The goal of the Computer Information Systems program is to prepare our students to take positions in companies that will improve their lives," states Department Chair Charlie Olszewski. "I do have expectations for my students. I expect them to attend class in a timely manner, have good communication skills and the ability to write, have good interpersonal skills, and keep up with the classroom assignments."
Class work in many of these courses is challenging and will require time and dedication. Group projects are common in the computer courses. Group projects build teamwork skills that are necessary in this field. "You are given every opportunity to work in groups, share knowledge and experiences whenever possible," says Grannell.
In this hands-on focused program, every class has a fair amount of class work and lab time.
LMC's Computer Information Systems program provides you with four tracks from which to choose.
Information Technology Option
Sometimes referred to as "help desk", this option covers basic skills in application programming, Office XP, Database, and SQL.
This track develops skills necessary to pursue a career in computer programming. It covers languages including Basic Cobol, C, C++, and Visual Basic.
This track builds skills necessary to manage diverse computer networks, routers, switches, and network operating systems.
This option teaches skills and technology knowledge necessary for the design, development, implementation, and maintenance of web pages.
Technology in the Classroom
Microsoft products plus LINUX/UNIX are used in the computer labs. "We tend to lead the industry and use software that is ahead of the common software used in the field. We feel this is an advantage for our students," says Grannell.
Software is updated approximately once every two years. Every year one of the three computer labs is upgraded. "LMC students will always be working on the latest equipment and software available."
You will have access to the labs six days a week, nearly all day. Check the schedule for lab times.
A variety of technologies are used in conjunction with traditional lecture and hands-on activities. PowerPoint presentations, the Internet, and materials available on Canvas - the College's instructional Intranet - play an important role in class.
Non-Computer Information Systems Major Students
For students not interested in a CIS degree, there are many options. CIS has a category of classes called general computing. These classes are comprised of application programs, database programs and web page design programs that allow you to enrich your skills and enhance your employability.
Getting the Most from the Program
By keeping in touch with your advisor, you can make sure you are on track and if necessary, your plan can be revised to adjust for any circumstances that may change your available time to complete the program.