Career Advancement


The CIS program is designed to prepare students for careers in technical support, network administration, or information security. The program has been developed in alignment with the industry based skill standards as outlined by the National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies ( and incorporates Cisco Systems networking curriculum. Whatcom Community College is a Cisco Academy and offers networking courses that prepare students for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) industry certification.

For students wishing to continue their CIS education and transfer to a four year college, WCC has two transfer agreements in place. For more information contact a Program Advisor.

  • Preparation for work as a Computer Support Specialist includes courses in forensics and information security.
  • For students interested in positions such as Network Manager or Network Administrator, courses such as industrial control, information security and CCNA.
  • Students who complete the four-course Cisco Network series, are eligible to test for Cisco Certification.

Does the CIS program transfer to a Baccalaureate Institution?

Some of the courses for the CIS program may transfer to baccalaureate (four-year) institutions.

As many as 35 credits from the AS - CIS degree may be applied toward an AAS - Transfer degree or directly to most universities.

Some four-year institutions will accept all 90 credits from Whatcom's CIS degree. These include:

Find more information at Washington Career Bridge.

Whether you are considering a career in CIS, a current student or a graduate, Career Advisors are available to help you explore career and employment options.


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