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Computer Information Systems: Microcomputer Applications

(076) Associate in Applied Science

Graduates of the Computer Software Technology program are prepared to enter the workforce as information support staff, administrative assistants, or other office positions in private business and governmental organizations. Majors study the theory, design, development, and application of computer technology to computer information systems, and develop in-depth knowledge on the operation and structure of major business software packages. The degree allows the student to choose electives towards a student-selected specialization in information systems support, administrative assistant roles in general business, legal offices, or medical offices.

Work and Employment

The rapid spread of computers and computer-based technologies in recent years has generated need for skilled, highly trained workers. Computers have become essential to the operation of stores, banks, colleges and universities, governmental agencies, hospitals, factories, and many other profit and non-profit entities in our society. Employment for CIS graduates is expected to grow as organizations seek new applications for computers and improvements to the software already in use. Employers are increasingly interested in employees who can combine areas of technical expertise or who are adaptable, are able to learn and incorporate new skills, and are able to find opportunities for increased efficiency through the use of automation. Click here for further career information:

Special Consideration

Workers usually have the following skills and aptitudes: work independently, quickly and accurately, think logically and use good judgment, concentrate, possess mechanical and mathematical aptitudes, patience and persistence.

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Academic Advising, 815/835-6354; Dr. Mary Lou Kidder, Professor of Business and Computer Information Systems, 815/835-6358; Kevin Megill, Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems, 815/835-6251;  

Estimated Program Cost

The following figures are based on 2018-19 tuition and fee rates and the course fees in the Class Schedule for the required number 64 credit hours.

In-DistrictOut-of-DistrictOut-of-State
Tuition $8,128.00 $20,992.00 $22,784.00
Fees $768.00 $768.00 $768.00
Course Fees * $296.00 * $296.00 * $296.00
Total Tuition and Fees $9,192.00 $22,056.00 $23,848.00

* Note: Course fees may vary depending upon the classes that a student completes within an academic program. The course fee above is only an estimation and represents the maximum course fees possible; it is likely that course fees will be lower than the estimation above.