Computer Information Systems


  • Cybersecurity: Interested in protecting systems and network resources from unauthorized access or attacks. Understand the protocol of how to analyze and assess risk, threats, and vulnerabilities with a 4-semester long intensive training program. You’ll find a job securely managing, configuring, and troubleshooting computer systems, networks, and server technologies.
  • Computer Network Specialist: Designs, monitors, and maintains networks of all sizes. When you've completed your certificate, you'll find work as a computer network specialist that communicates with vendors, assists users, diagnoses issues, and responds to troubleshooting questions.
  • Computer User Support Specialist: A career is providing technical support for an organization and/or its customers. As a computer user support specialist, you resolve computer problems by walking users through the necessary steps by phone or email, setup, and repair computer equipment, and train users on new hardware and software.


Elgin Community College offers Computer Information Systems (CIS) certificate and degree programs that give you options for a career in information technology. You’ll have a focused, in-depth programs of study combined with extensive hands-on experience in the classroom. A community college also gives you access to strong apprenticeship programs through local industry partnerships. You’ll leave school with a background in computer science fundamentals, operating systems and networks, cybersecurity, programming languages and application development, algorithms, and troubleshooting. It’s a program for anyone who wants a career in technology.

CIS Certificates and Associate Degrees

Elgin Community College offers several essential and vocational certificates that emphasize career-readiness and provide preparation for jobs within 8-12 months, depending on your program of study. Start your career with a two-year Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems. Already working in information technology? Additional certifications in Cybersecurity, Computer Network Specialist and Computer User Support Specialist broaden your resume and give you skills that could lead to a pay raise and career advancement in your current company.

Should I get a degree in CIS?

At ECC, you'll have an academic advisor on day one to work with you on everything career related. You’ll work together to design an educational plan that’s tailored to your goal to get out into the workforce or start at a community college and then transfer to finish a bachelor’s degree. Your advisor will help you with a clear pathway to follow and help you get all necessary information to make a well-informed decision about your future. Our specially negotiated transfer partnerships help you get ahead:

  • Loyola University Chicago - Information Technology - AAS Computer Information Systems to BA Information Technology
  • Western Governors University - AA/AS to BS Business - Information Technology Management
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale - AS to BS Technical Resource Management (fully online)

Careers in CIS

Graduates of our associate degree and certification programs found jobs in a wide variety of fields and positions.

  • Application Analyst
  • Computer Network Architect
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Research Scientist
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Data Scientist
  • Information Systems Manager
  • IT Technical Support
  • Network Systems Administrator
  • Software Developer
  • Video Game Designer
  • Web Developer

Do you think about getting a Bachelor of Science degree?

Learn what classes to take at ECC that transfer to seamlessly transfer to a Computer Science program at a 4-year institution. See the Computer Science Program of Study.

Learn more about Associate Degree and Certifications in CIS at ECC!

Earning an AAS degree or certificate in a STEM field at Elgin Community College can set your career in motion.

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