The Computer Technologies curriculum leads to an associate degree in the field of computer technologies. Additionally, the program is designed to offer Microsoft or other industry-recognized certification in specific areas of study within the degree program.
Students taking the Associate in Science Degree in Computer Technologies select one track from the three offered:
- Network Administrator (CCNA/MCSA Track)
- Software Developer/Gaming and Animation (MCSA Track)
- Database Administrator/Website Developer (MCSA Track)
Students should choose their tracks by the second semester to ensure completion of curriculum requirements. In addition, a Technologies for Education Certificate is available for educators who wish to update their technology skills.
The rapidly changing world of computer technology has created a growing demand for persons trained in hardware and software skills. This degree program prepares students for a broad range of employment opportunities in the field; including positions in networking, software and mobile app development, database administration, gaming and animation development and help desk administration. All courses are designed with the potential for transfer to a four-year institution.
Lakes Region CC is a Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and Cisco Academy (which means students can obtain some Microsoft and other software for free). While earning an associate degree or a certificate, students can become certified in an industry standard by passing a series of tests. Certification gives industry recognition of proficiency in technical areas in demand by businesses. Certain certifications may also give access to technical and product information not available to the general public, including access to secure websites, as well as invitations to conferences, technical training and special events.
Students can pursue many of the computer courses by means of distance learning.
Blackboard is used as the platform for on-line classes.