Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Systems

Master the hardware and software used in today’s enterprise networks while you receive hands-on experience using cutting-edge technology.


About Us

Our curriculum emphasizes local employer needs and the certifications they value. We’ve been successful in placing our top students in local tech businesses with beginning salaries well above minimum wage, often before graduating. Local businesses and county offices regularly contact our faculty directly when they are looking for qualified candidates for current job openings.

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Industry Certifications

Although our certificates are a valuable pathway to acquiring the skills employers are looking for, many businesses are more interested in 3rd-party certifications. Our programs prepare you for the following certifications:

In addition, we are the only college in our region offering classes in the state sponsored Innovative Technology Transfer Pathway (ITTP), we call this the “pathway to a job” because it allows you to start your IT career in less than a year.

 
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fast Fact

According to the State of California Employment Development Department the number of jobs in the CIS Network Technology field are expected to grow much faster than the average growth rate for all occupations.  

 

fast Fact

IT positions make up approximately 11% of all job openings.

Employment opportunities include:

  • Computer and Network installer
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Technical Support Technician
  • Network Systems Analyst
  • Security Sepcialist
  • Security Analyst
  • Penetration Tester

Projected California Employment Statistics

Wages

Computer and Network installer

$43,000-$121,000

Job Growth (2014-2024)

+20%

Job Openings (2014-2024)

19,700 23,600

 

Wages

Computer Support Specialist

$34,000-$97,000

Job Growth (2014-2024)

+25%

Job Openings (2014-2024)

62,200 77,680

Source: http://www.onetonline.org


“I absolutely recommend CR. I have recommended it to people I know who have trouble getting a job, not just for IT, but in general. The affordability was definitely a strong reason for not holding off on going "

- Jerold Capps, AS in CIS Networking


fast Fact

10-15% of top students get job offers before they finish their degree.

Classes for Industry Certification

College of the Redwoods offers four courses to prepare you for industry certification.

These certifications offer:

  • a competitive edge in the job market;
  • heightened career advancement opportunities;
  • increased value to employers and their organizations.

93% of managers look for certifications when hiring; having them on your resume can get you in the door.

  • Prepares you for Cisco CCENT certification
  • Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) validates the ability to install, operate and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security.
  • Prepares you for Cisco CCNA certification
  • CCNA curriculum and certification builds the skills you need to get hired and succeed in jobs related to networking computers and devices. Whether you go for that first job or specialize with more study, CCNA is a great foundation. CCNA Scaling and Connecting Networks course validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks.
  • Prepares you for Comp/TIA Security+ certification
  • The CIS 35 Network Security Fundamentals course covers the most important foundational principles for securing a network and managing risk. Topics include: Access control, identify management, cryptography, and mitigation and deterrent techniques to address network attacks and vulnerabilities.
  • Prepares you for Comp/TIA A+ certification
  • The CIS 98 PC Computer Repair and Maintenance course is your first step in your professional ICT journey. The course will take you from the just-a-user level to the I-can-fix-this level for PC hardware and software issues. In addition, you will begin your preparation towards the CompTIA A+ certification. This certification credential’s popularity among employers is growing exponentially, and obtaining certification increases your ability to gain employment and improve your salary.
Chris Romero, Computer Information Systems

Chris Romero, Computer Information Systems

“Computers are changing the world! The potential of technology is exciting, and people want to learn more. It is challenging and constantly evolving, but well worth the effort.”

Dan Calderwood, Computer Information Systems (CIS)

Dan Calderwood, Computer Information Systems (CIS)

“I’m very engaged with students and lean towards hands-on learning versus lecturing, reinforcing items that are pertinent to the local job market."

Amy Murphy

Amy Murphy

“…my passions for education and teaching are fulfilled daily as I work with our CIS students in the classroom, assisting them in learning invaluable technical skills, guiding them along the path to finding meaningful employment, and celebrating in their successes as they achieve their goals.”