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.
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.