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Computer Information Systems

Prepare for a career in information technology:

  • Web application development
  • Desktop applications support
  • Networking administration
  • Helpdesk support

You will learn:

  • Web page development
  • Programming for the Web
  • Visual Basic.NET, ASP.NET, JavaScript, C++, JAVA, and Oracle PL/SQL
  • Microsoft Networking – Win 7, Server 2008, IIS 7.0

About Our Programs

Prepare for a career in information technology: Web application development, networking administration, and helpdesk support.

Computer Information Systems (CIS) Degree options

Prepare for an entry-level career or transfer to a four-year college or university.

  • Computer Support Specialist
    Develop PC, database, and networking skills required for entry-level employment in the information technology helpdesk support field.
  • Programming/Transfer
    Gain fundamental skills in programming and databases needed to develop web-based applications. Great if you want to transfer to a four-year college or university to continue studies in CIS.


  • State-of-the-art computer labs
  • Hands-on classes
  • Small class sizes
  • Academic support
  • Day, evening, weekend, and online courses available (on many courses)
  • Cooperative education opportunities allow you to gain work experience while earning college credit

This program is great for someone who has:

  • Good math skills
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Experience using computers
  • Ability to work independently
  • Self-motivated
  • Willing to spend time outside of class on projects and assignments

Service learning: gain experience while helping others

Service learning gives students the opportunity to perform community service as part of club or organization activities, or, as part of coursework for a class. Some service learning projects Computer Information Systems students have participated in include:

  • Student drop-in help center
  • Student-led workshops
  • Student study group sessions
  • LaChance Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

Working with staff to get computers set up and online and then teaching residents to use the Internet and email.

Many employment opportunities

Students often find jobs immediately after graduating. A recent survey found that, besides transferring to many four-year colleges, recent graduates found jobs including:

  • Data-Doc Inc., developing applications in MS Access
  • Genuity, data analyst
  • Athol Partnership for Children, developing computer applications
  • Garlock Printing and Converting Corp., network system administrator
  • L.S. Starrett Co., information help desk
  • Tyco, Inc., test engineer
  • TRW Fastener Division, desktop support specialist
  • Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, systems analyst


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