Frequently Asked Questions

What is Computer and Internetworking Technologies?
The Computer and Internetworking Technologies program is designed to provide the student a broad exposure to computer systems as well as networking. Design of the systems and networks is emphasized, along with troubleshooting skills.

What is the difference between the A.A.S. degree and certificate in CIT?
The CIT certificate program requires 44 credit hours in electronics, CIT, math and CIS courses. The CIT degree program requires 48 hours (due to an additional physics course), as well as 18 general education credit hours. The associate's degree is transferable to other four-year baccalaureate programs.

What other certificate programs are offered besides CIT?
COD offers additional certificate programs in the following areas: CCNA Security Specialist, Microcomputer Servicing Technician, Network Professional, Internetworking Technician, System Support Specialist, Computer Forensics and Voice Over IP Telephony Specialist. Most students enroll in these programs to improve their on-the-job credentials, retrain for a new career in technology or increase their salability in the job market.

What types of certification training does College of DuPage offer?
College of DuPage houses two professional training programs that offer a wide variety of certification opportunities: Cisco Networking Academy and CompTIA Academy.

For additional information, contact the faculty members associated with these programs.

What is the job outlook for employment in the internetworking industry?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2006 report, "technology remains one of the 25 fastest-growing industries in the nation. Wage-and-salary employment is expected to grow 40 percent by the year 2014, compared to only 14 percent growth projected for the economy (overall)." Depending on experience, salaries for computer support specialists currently range from $27,933 to $42,970; for network and computer systems administrators, $41,379 to $71,674; and for computer systems analysts, $47,033 to $82,686.

What types of skills are required for success in this field?
A person interested in a computer-related career should enjoy problem-solving and working in teams. In addition, he or she should be detail-oriented, a quick learner, have excellent people skills and be able to adopt new technologies quickly and efficiently.

If I'm interested in this program, what should be my next step?
Meet with a faculty advisor to discuss which CIT programs would work best for you.


Contact Information

Felix Davis, Coordinator
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1709A, (630) 942-2134

Kathy Kotowski, Tech-Connect Advisor
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1732, (630) 942-3961

Kim Groesbeck, Program Support Specialist
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1054, (630) 942-2599

Business and Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592