Graduates of the CIS and cybersecurity programs are poised to enter the workforce in a variety of high demand, high wage positions or, in some cases, to continue their education at a 4-year institution to earn a bachelor degree.

The programs have been developed in alignment with industry based skill standards and incorporate Cisco Systems networking curriculum. Whatcom Community College is a Cisco Networking Academy and offers networking courses that prepare students for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) industry certification.

Many CIS graduates will begin their careers as technical support specialists or network administrators. Earning potential within Whatcom County is:

  • Computer user / technical support specialists
    • Entry Level: $12.15 - $15.89/hour
    • Average: $19.35/hour
  • Network and computer systems administrators
    • Entry level: $22.43 - $25.86/hour
    • Average: $31.26/hour

    Cybersecurity graduates are more likely to be qualified for mid-level positions ($31.26/hour and up); those who continue on to earn a bachelor degree in this field of study may be eligible for more advanced positions ($52.79/hour and up).

    Sources: Career OneStop, 2013; Washington State Employment Security Department, September 2014

    Opportunities abound in all types of industries, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Recent graduates have been hired by local and regional businesses including:

     3D Corporation
     Mt. Baker School District
     Boeing  NW Technology
     CH2M Hill
     Pineapple Hospitality / Columbia West Properties
     Data Doctors
     Express Computer Care

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