Computer Technologies Department
Preparing Students for the Information Technology Workforce
All Pitt Community College’s computer technology programs are designed to provide you with a solid foundation in information technologies. Courses are taught by experts in the IT field and are regularly updated to align with industry standards and emerging technologies.
You may choose to focus your Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in one of the following areas:
- Information Technology — Computer Programming and Development
- Information Technology — Cyber Security
- Information Technology — Network Management
- Information Technology — Technical Support
- Information Technology — Web Development
- Simulation and Game Development
Whichever path you choose, you’ll have access to the latest technology and software, state-of-the-art labs, and opportunities to connect with industry leaders.
What is information technology?
The information technology sector encompasses a wide range of technologies and practices in various industries and sectors. Information technology plays a crucial role in modern society, supporting various industries, including business, healthcare, education, finance, entertainment, and government. It has significantly transformed the way we work, communicate, and access information.
Answering the question “what is information technology?” results in a long list, but samples include:
- Computer programming
- Website development
- Game development
- Network infrastructure management
- Cyber defense
- IT maintenance and troubleshooting
Why Choose Pitt Community College to Earn Your Information Technology Degree?
Flexibility — Attend full-time, part-time, online, on campus, or in a hybrid format.
Experiential learning opportunities — All information technology programs emphasize practical, hands-on learning to prepare you for real-world scenarios. You’ll also gain invaluable experience — and connect with potential employers — through work-based learning in a professional setting with PCC’s academic partners.
Academic partnerships — All of the courses we offer develop your technical skills using content that is industry-relevant and based on industry standards through academic partnerships with Cisco, Red Hat, CompTIA, PaloAlto, VMware, Apple, Oracle, and EC-Council.
State-of-the-art equipment — Students have access to a remote lab environment that allows us to host real lab equipment, virtual machines, and lab content. Faculty and students can access remotely (24×7), so they do not have to physically be where the real equipment is physically located. The remote lab allows students to access real lab equipment for hands-on learning.
Ease of certification — Our information technology department hosts a Pearson VUE Test Center you can use to schedule and complete industry-level certification exams.
Accredited — If you choose to earn your cyber security degree, you’ll receive an AAS from a degree program that is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. This designation ensures that courses and faculty meet the rigorous requirements set by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
Careers in Information Technology
Computer technology and information technology jobs continue to be in high demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer, and IT occupations are expected to grow 15 percent through 2031 — a rate much faster than average.
The projected job growth for candidates with cyber security degrees is even greater: 35 percent through 2031.
What jobs can I get with a computer technology degree?
While the level of education and certifications you hold impact your job opportunities, PCC’s information technology programs can prepare you for all these starting roles:
- Network Management AAS — Network administrator, network technician, network support specialist
- Technical Support AAS — Computer systems analyst, computer support specialist, help desk technician
- Cyber Security AAS — Technology support analyst, information security analyst, systems security specialist
- Computer Programming and Development AAS — Software developer, software quality assurance engineer, computer programmer, systems analyst, programmer/analyst
- Simulation and Game Development AAS — Level designer, game artist, quality assurance engineer, programmer
- Web Development AAS — Developer, designer, technician, IT specialist
Computer technologies Career and College Promise Pathways for high school students
If you are a North Carolina high school junior or senior, PCC’s Promise programs allow you to earn transferrable credit while you are still in high school. All of our information technology programs are either tuition-free or scholarship-eligible, and most classes are taught at your high school.