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Information Technology

Learn Fundamentals, Upgrade Skills or Prepare for Specialized Jobs in IT

North’s Information Technology (IT) program leads to degrees and certificates in areas ranging from hardware engineering to software development, application support and system administration. Students who are new to information technology can explore career pathways through our programs. Likewise, students already experienced in information technology can work toward updated certificates and study recent trends in selected technical concentrations. North’s Information Technology programs are open to all. Students can start most course sequences with minimal prerequisite classes and can advance toward graduation through both online and campus-based courses.

Programs

North currently offers three two-year associate degrees, pathways to two Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degrees, and several one-year and two-year technical certificate programs. Many of our certificates are stackable, meaning students who begin their studies with a short-term certificate can roll those same credits into longer term certificates or degree programs. Below is a list of the degree and certificate programs offered in Information Technology at North.

Degrees

Certificates

IT Controlled Electronics

Certificate in IT Controlled Electronics (40 credits)

Networking and Server Administration

Certificate in Network and Server Administration (40 credits)

Certificate in Cisco Certified Network Associate (15 credits)

Certificate in Linux Networking and Security (20 credits)

Windows Network Administration (20 credits)

Programming and Application Development

Certificate in Web Application Technologies (20 credits)

Pathways

North’s Information Technology programs are arranged in career pathways. These pathways allow students to move from beginning to advanced work in specialized areas leading to career opportunities in highly demanded technical fields.

North’s IT pathways include courses of study in software development, IT controlled electronics and network system administration. Students considering careers in software development should begin with our certificate in Web Application Technologies, followed by our associate degree in Programming and IT Network Support. This A.A.S.-T degree will prepare you to enter North’s B.A.S. in Application Development.

Students interested in network-controlled electronic devices such as drones, sensors and automated machinery should start with our certificate in IT Controlled Electronics followed by our associate degree in IT Controlled Electronics.

Students who elect a pathway in network and server administration can begin with any of our short-term certificates in Cisco, Linux or Windows Network administration.

Students are invited to extend short-term certificate work into our 40-credit certificate in Network and Server Administration followed by additional work toward our associate degree or toward the B.A.S. degree in Networking at Seattle Central. The A.A.S.-T in Programming and IT Network Support or the A.A.S. in Network and Server Administration (with some additional general education classes) are the best preparation for the B.A.S. in Networking program.