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Apr 1, 2011

Prof Tech Profile #5: Information Technology

Today's Prof Tech Profile is on the Information Technology Program and features a brief Q and A with esteemed faculty member Alan Carter.

Hi Alan, thanks for joining us on the blog.  In your opinion, what type of person is a good fit for the Information Technology Program at GRCC?

ALAN:  Someone who has a strong interest in working with technology and working with people, and who enjoys learning new things because technology is continually changing.

Students can choose from a wide variety of IT-related degree and certificate programs at GRCC.  How can prospective students interested in IT determine what degree or certificate is best for them?

ALAN:  I think that the very best way to accomplish that is for students to come discuss their interests with an IT instructor.  That said, if students like helping others with their computer difficulties, they could pursue the Computer Support Specialist degree or the IT Help Desk certificate.  If students think they would like working primarily on network servers, they could pursue the IT Networking degree.  If students think they would like to work with routers and switches to maintain the network infrastructure, then they could take the IT Networking Infrastructure degree

Any other IT-related degrees you would like to highlight?

ALAN:  If students plan to continue on to a bachelor's degree, then the IT Systems AAS-T degree is their best choice.  The IT Systems degree was designed so that students could go to work immediately after finishing their IT degree, and is also optimized for transfer.  This degree is very general in nature, and prepares students for a wide variety of roles in the workplace. 

How can prospective students learn more about the field of IT in general?

ALAN:  The best way for them to learn more is to have them visit one of the IT instructors during their office hours!  We are always happy to help a student learn more about IT, and the careers that they might choose. 
Funding Tip!  The following Workforce Education funding streams support the IT Program at GRCC: Worker Retraining, BFET, and WorkFirst.