Sierra College offers new information technology classes |

Sierra College offers new information technology classes

Sierra College graduate Amie Plumlee, who plans to attend CSU Chico, was a re-entry student and said that Information Technology courses contributed to her success.
Submitted by Amie Plumlee

To provide students and those currently employed with the skills they need to both start and progress in Information Technology careers, Sierra College now offers four career pathways under the new Information Technology program (formerly Computer Information Systems – CIS): networking, cyber security, data analysis and business information.

Courses are online and on-campus, and lead to three AA/AS degrees, three Certificates of Achievement and five Skills Certificates, explained Annette Nylander, department chair, information technology, Sierra College.

The new Information Technology classes start Aug. 24 at Sierra College in Grass Valley, Truckee and Rocklin. They’ll prepare students for networking, cyber security, data analysis and business information careers, as well as offer those working in the field a way to upgrade their skills and prepare for certifications from organizations such as Microsoft, Cisco and EC-Council, among others.

There are now more than 39 Information Technology courses leading to well paid and interesting careers with many opportunities to advance, according to Nylander.

Students can start taking Information Technology classes and immediately use those skills to find entry level employment so that they can support themselves while completing certificates and degrees, explained Nylander.

“Depending on their previous work experience, students can develop skills to qualify for technician, help desk, analyst and specialist positions,” said Nylander. “And, in just two years, a graduate might fill positions such as systems or networking engineer. Students can earn excellent starting salaries of $36,000 to $45,000 a year to over $100,000 with experience, depending on the field.”

According to Nylander, those interested in cyber security can develop powerful skills to battle against hackers disrupting government, business and individual computer systems.

“Students who like to challenge themselves, solve puzzles and assess risks are well suited to learning how to protect organizations from cyber threats,” said Nylander.

Networking careers appeal to those who enjoy hands-on work and want to develop trouble shooting skills to connect and maintain computers, the internet and systems, explained Nylander.

“Our students have qualified for well-paid network engineering positions with an AA/AS degree,” she said.

Will Adams, director of operations in the health care technology field, indicated that the Sierra College Information Technology program opened up doors for him.

“It answered lots of questions and provided information that I was unable to find by myself,” said Adams.

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