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Information Technology & Cyber Security

This Information Technology & Cyber Security AAS degree is designed to provide a comprehensive pathway to develop skilled workers in the emerging fields of cybersecurity. After completing this program, students will develop competencies in preventing, detecting, and responding to cyber attacks, the practice of digital forensics investigation, and the legal and ethical issues associated with information security. By completing this associate degree, students will gain technical skills and combined knowledge in multiple disciplines, including (but not limited to) business, law, policy, and critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The program is based on information security concepts, principles, methods, techniques, and best practices to secure systems.

Students can also pursue an Associate in Arts degree with a concentration in Information & Communication Technology that prepares them to transfer a four-year university to obtain a bachelor's in ICT. 

By completing this program, students can earn up to five (5) stackable certificates: Computer Support Associate, from which students can proceed to obtain Computer Technician certificate, Network Security  Associate, and Network Security Associate certificates along with this Cyber Security Specialist  Certificate.  Embedded in these five certificates are six of our ten Information and Communication Technology  (I.C.T.) courses accepted by multiple state universities as transfer credits.

Students completing this degree are also prepared to take industry-based certifications including CompTIA Security, Cisco Security (CCNA Security) Microsoft Technology Associate (M.T.A.) Security  Fundamentals, GIAC Information Security Fundamentals (GISF), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and a wide range of other industry-based certifications. 

 

Admissions Requirements

Information Technology and Cyber Security is an open enrollment program, meaning there is no criteria students must meet to be admitted. Students who are interested in enrolling in this program should complete our steps to enroll, which includes completing the free application for admission.

We encourage all prospective students to visit campus. We have several Explore Sandburg Open Houses throughout the year, or you can schedule a campus visit at your convenience.

Career and technical programs/courses are offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or status in any group protected by applicable federal, state or local law. Title IX Coordinator Rick Eddy, 309.341.5234; Jacob Runge, 309.341.5262.

For additional information contact:
Welcome Center
309.345.3500
welcomecenter@sandburg.edu

Employment

Cybersecurity and IT career fields are growing rapidly and always changing. To keep your job skills current and update, you will need to get training, learn new systems and techniques. Most information technology and security careers require both hard and soft-skills.


Potential Careers

Information Technology Manager
Systems Administrator
Information Technology Security Specialist
Database Administrator
Computer Network Analyst
Network Systems Administrator

Sample course schedule for the Information Technology and Cyber Security program

Sample schedule for Information Technology and Cyber Security coming soon. 

 

Program Format

The Information Technology and Cyber Security program offers both online and face-to-face class options. However, the program can not be done entirely online. 

ESTIMATED COSTS FOR THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND CYBER SECURITY PROGRAM

Information Technology and Cyber Security AAS cost sheet coming soon.

 

FINANCIAL AID

To apply for financial aid, visit our financial aid page for more information.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

Thanks to our generous donors, Carl Sandburg College Foundation is able to award over $100,000 each year in scholarship dollars to Sandburg students. High school, adult learners and returning students - everyone is eligible to apply. Apply between October 1 and March 15 for the upcoming year. We encourage all students to apply. 

Meet the Instructors

Drew Debrey
Business and Economics Adjunct Instructor

John Denkner
Business and Economics Adjunct Instructor

James Doran
Business and Economics Adjunct Instructor

Kelli Mayes-Denker
Business and Economics Adjunct Instructor

Joshua Seifert
Business and Economics Instructor


Department of Social and Business Sciences
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
309.341.5427

Sandburg Tech Squad

The Sandburg Tech Squad mission is to actively participate and promote knowledge and skills within the information communication technology field throughout our club activities. Members work to become leaders and set examples for the community as professionals in valuing our lifelong learning process while helping and providing services to the whole campus community.

Advisor: Dr. Suvineetha Herath, 309.341.5269 or sherath@sandburg.edu