The Computer Information Systems (CIS) program offers an Associate of Science Professional/Technical degree [PDF] that prepares students for the fields of Technical Support, Networking, or Information Security, as well as an Associate in Applied Science - Transfer (AAS-T) degree in Cybersecurity [PDF] that prepares students to enter the workforce in a variety of high-demand security-related fields or apply to transfer to four-year degree programs at certain colleges and universities.
In addition to the degree options, there are also two 46-58 credit certificates available: Network Administration [PDF] and Technical Support [PDF]. As part of their program, students completing the Technical Support certificate will be prepared to take the Comp TIA A+ certification exam. Students completing the Network Administration certificate will be prepared for the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) exam.
Students may also complete the Certificate of Proficiency/CIS Information Systems Security [PDF], which is certified as mapping to the CNSS (Committee on National Security Systems) National Standards 4011 and 4013.
Degree and certificate information
- Associate in Applied Science - Transfer Degree / Cybersecurity [PDF]
- Associate in Science Degree / Computer Information Systems [PDF]
- Certificate / CIS - Network Administration [PDF] -- Click here for Gainful Employment details.
- Certificate / CIS - Technical Support [PDF] -- Click here for Gainful Employment details.
What can I do with a CIS degree or certificate?
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 (NWCET.org) 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.
Cost of the CIS program can be found by clicking here. This information is hosted by Career Bridge. As costs and information can and will change, be sure to contact an advisor for the most current information for planning the funding of your education.
You can also find a breakdown of potential costs on things such as books, supplies and licensing, by clicking here.
CIS program credentials and partnerships
The CIS program is a CISCO Networking Academy and is one of only four colleges in Washington State to earn the prestigious endorsement of the Committee on National Security Systems for the 4011 INFOSEC certification. The Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) also recently recognized WCC as meeting the national training standard for System Administrators, CNSSSI No. 4013 Entry Level.
Students earning these certifications can demonstrate to employers that they have completed courses that meet national standards established by the National Security Agency (NSA). WCC is also a member of CyberWatch and CyberWatch West, consortia that are focused on building a stronger information security/assurance workforce. For more information about any of these partnerships, see more detail below.
Applying to the program
The CIS program has no special admissions, so you can enter any quarter. Apply Now to WCC to get started on your application for admission to the college.