Associate in Applied Science
Nearly every industry relies on computers; and computers rely on information technologists. YCCC’s Information Technology program gives students an extensive background in computer systems. You’ll gain hands-on experience in troubleshooting, system administration, computer networks, web systems, computer programming, and cybersecurity. You’ll learn to think critically to problem-solve on-the-job and thrive in the ever-changing IT landscape.
Estimated degree completion time
4 semesters, 60 credits
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Every semester of your study includes an information technology-heavy course load. Classes on computer hardware, programming, network fundamentals, and web development lay the foundation for more advanced IT applications. Other program courses include Web Systems and Programming; Introduction to Cybersecurity; Ethical Hacking; Open Source Server Administration; and Network Security. All classes are available online.
Students will be able to:
- Solve software and hardware problems using logical reasoning.
- Analyze and communicate essential industry concepts in both technical and non-technical terms.
- Apply problem-solving concepts and quantitative analysis to the study of a wide variety of technology problems.
- Create technical reports and documentation by researching and interpreting a variety of industry sources.
- Report security implications related to computational paradigms.
- Operate both independently and as a team member on information technology projects.
- Describe and explain ethical issues in technology and the applicable industry standards and codes of conduct.
- Recognize the value of diversity in opinions, values, abilities, and cultures of colleagues and customers in a professional environment.
- Research and explain how culture, economics, history, and politics affect technology trends.
Students completing this program will be prepared for entry-level positions in computer support, network management, systems management, and cybersecurity, as well as sales and technical information positions. Graduates may also choose to continue their education at a four-year institution in information technology or a related field.
Meet the Faculty
Dept. Chair/Faculty, Comp Science & Info Tech
Dr. Mayhew is currently the Chair and full-time Assistant Professor of Computer Science at YCCC and an Adjunct Faculty of Computer Information Systems at the University of Maine Augusta (UMA). Prior to this, Dr. Mayhew taught computer science and web design courses in adult and community education settings for over twenty years. Dr. Mayhew holds a BS in Small Business Management with a minor in Computer Information Systems from UMA, and a MALS in Education Technologies from the University of Maine. In 2017, she earned a Doctor of Computer Science from Colorado Technical University (CTU). Through ongoing collaboration with UMA, the Maine Cyber Security office, and other non-profit organizations, Dr. Mayhew enthusiastically fosters ways to empowering girls to become future technology leaders in the computer science and cybersecurity fields. In 2019, she became a certified Train-the-Trainer in UMA’s CyberBit Cybersecurity Range. She actively serves as President of the Colorado Technical University (CTU) Alumni Board and Vice Chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Maine Chapter. She was recently named to the Editorial Review Board for the International Journal of Strategic Information Technology and Applications (IJSITA). Dr. Mayhew honorably served eight years in the United States Air Force with two additional years in the Maine Air National Guard. In 2016, she started her own consulting business to promote and foster innovative consulting, technology, leadership, & education to assist small start-up businesses successfully thrive in today’s very competitive world. In her spare time, Dr. Mayhew enjoys outdoor activities, writes fiction and non-fiction novels, and volunteers at the local animal shelter and with local church and community center events.