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The Associate of Applied Science degree in Information Technology focuses on the computerized technologies that are critical to business and industry.  Students will build a core foundation and choose one of three tracks: Cyber Security, Network Administration or Server Administration in order to complete the degree.  

Our A.A.S. program is designed to prepare students to enter the workforce in any number of entry-level positions. Graduates will feel confident knowing that their skills will be in demand in a variety of diverse workplaces.


Cyber Security Track

Cyber Security focuses on the most critical and quickly changing area of the industry. This program provides students with the ability to not only administer networks but also to secure those networks and conduct penetration tests to ensure they are not vulnerable to attacks. Graduates will have an understanding of computer hardware, operating systems, networking, databases, programming, and defensive and offensive security. Students will cover aspects of the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), CompTIA Linux+, Net+, Security+ and A+, Wireshark Certified Network Analyst, and the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker certifications.

Program Objectives

  • Demonstrate knowledge in Operating Systems, Networking, Data Communication, and Database Technology.
  • Demonstrate various techniques for preventing unauthorized attacks to computer networks and apply measures for minimizing the damage caused by network intruders.
  • Evaluate and implement the needed information security controls for any information system and provide an assurance framework where the security processes or controls, or both, are embedded in information systems technologies.
  • Understand professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.
  • Apply strong communication and critical thinking skills including reading, writing, organizing, evaluating, problem solving and presentation skills.

Network Administration Track 

Network Administration focuses on the computerized technologies that are critical to business and industry. This program provides students with the ability to configure a variety of network devices, such as routers and switches. Graduates will have an understanding of local and wide area network technologies, telecommunications, wireless communications, and network connectivity. In addition to an understanding of telecommunications, students will also obtain comprehensive training via the Cisco Networking Academy classes as part of the curriculum. After completion of the program, students will be prepared to take the CCNA certification exam. Students additionally will cover aspects of the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) and CompTIA Security+ and A+ certifications.

Program Objectives

  • Demonstrate general computer and networking knowledge.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of network operations in preparation for the CCNA certification exam.
  • Configure and troubleshoot network devices and security implementations.
  • Identify, organize, plan and allocate resources effectively in a telecommunications environment.
  • Apply strong communication and critical thinking skills, including reading, writing, organizing, evaluating, problem solving and presentation skills.

Server Administration Track

Server Administration focuses on the computerized technologies that are critical to business and industry.  This program provides students with the ability to administer a variety of computer networks.  Graduates will have an understanding of network operating systems, PC connectivity, network resources, network utilities, and network administration.  In addition to an understanding of networks, students will also obtain comprehensive training in the administration of specific operating systems including Linux, numerous Microsoft network operating systems, and other network utilities. Students will cover aspects of the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) and well as CompTIA Linux+, Net+, Security+, and A+ certifications. 

Program Objectives

  • Demonstrate general computer and networking knowledge.
  • Provide accurate technical explanations of the major components of a computer and the devices used in creating a network environment.
  • Perform routine network administrative tasks, including operating system installs and upgrades, configuration, administration and troubleshooting.
  • Identify, organize, plan and allocate resources and the different level of address assignment in in the computer network environment.
  • Identify, plan and allocate security in a network environment.
  • Apply strong communication and critical thinking skills, including reading, writing, organizing, evaluating, problem solving and presentation skills.

Work or Life Experience

Did you know that you could earn college credit for work or life experience? By using College Credit Fast Track (ccfasttrack.org), current and prospective students will get help with earning college credit at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College based on prior work or life experience. Credit can be awarded for employment, training programs, military, service, independent study, community service, and completing free online courses. To learn more about this opportunity, visit College Credit Fast Track.


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