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What is Computer and Information Technologies?

If you are looking for a challenging, ever changing career in computers, you are at the right place at the right time. The Computer and Information Technologies (CIT) Program at Owensboro Community & Technical College (OCTC) prepares you for wide variety of careers in Information Technology (IT) industry.

"Employment is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations and add 286,600 new jobs over the 2008-2018 decade. Excellent jobs prospects are expected. Workers can enter this field with many different levels of formal education, but relevant computer skills are always needed." Bureau of Labor Statistics

What are my career choices?

You have several career choices as an IT professional. These include becoming a computer programmer, a network administrator, a web site developer or administrator, and an information security specialist. With today's digital world, graduates are employed in every sector of society including healthcare, finance, manufacturing, education, military and others. You can find employment with private or publicly-managed companies, as well as operate your own company.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Associate in Applied Science Degrees and Transfer

OCTC offers five different CIT degree tracks;

  • General Option - see academic plan.
  • Business Software and Support- Computer Support, 60-62 credit hours - see academic plan.
  • Network Administration - MS Windows Administration, 60-63 credit hours- see academic plan.
  • Network Administration - Cisco Network Associate, 60 credit hours - see academic plan.
  • Information Security, 60-62 credit hours - see academic plan.
  • Internet Technologies - Web Administration - see academic plan.
  • Internet Technologies - Web Programming - see academic plan.
  • Programming Option, Information Systems Track, 60-62 credit hours - see academic plan.
  • Programming Option, Software Development track, 60-61 credit hours - see academic plan.


OCTC offers several different CIT certificates. The primary purpose and features of the certificate programs of study are to provide marketable, entry-level skills. Many of the certificates qualify students to take external vendor-based examinations. For example the Computer Technician Certificate prepares a student to take the CompTIA A+ examination. The required courses for each certificate are applicable toward at least one associate degree. For example the courses required for the CIT Fundamentals certificate are the technical core course for all CIT AAS degrees.

  • Computer Technical - 4 courses
  • CISCO Networking Associate - 4 courses
  • CISCO Networking Enhanced - 6 courses
  • CIT Fundamentals - 8 courses
  • Productivity Software Specialist - 4 courses
  • Computer Tech Basic - 3 courses
  • Computer Support Technician - 5 courses
  • Information Security Specialist - 6 courses 
  • Digital Forensics - 6 courses 
  • Microsoft Enterprise Administrator - 22 credit hours 
  • Microsoft Network Administrator - 6 courses 
  • A+ Prep - 1 course
  • Net+ Prep - 1 course
  • Security+ Prep - 1 course
  • Programming - 4 courses
  • Web Programming - 8 courses
  • Social Media Specialist - 7 courses 


Theresa Schmitt - CIT Program Coordinator
MBA - Focus Area CIS

Connie Johnson
MBA – Focus Area CIS

Matt Monsour
MS - Telecommunications Systems Management
CompTIA A+, Certified Fiber Optic Technician
KY Master Electrician ME65060 

Tim Williamson
MS - Business Informatics

Cheryl Purdy
Focus Area CIS
PhD (In progress) -  IT focus area Digital Forensics
CompTIA A+, CCNA, AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE), Certified Digital Forensics Examiner (CDFE), CompTIA SME for CTT+

Brian Toms
MS – Telecommunications Systems Management
CCNA Cyber Ops

Lorraine Sturgeon

Loucas Papalouca
MS - Computer Science

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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