Information Processing

Associate in Science Degree (AS)

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This degree combines microcomputer software proficiencies and competencies in hardware support, maintenance, and repair with general education requirements. Students will be able to incorporate three inter-related certificates (Word Processing Technician, Information Processing Technician, and Information Processing Specialist) as major fields of study with course work in natural science, social science, humanities, languages and rationality, and living skills to earn an Associate in Science degree in Information Processing.

Students who have obtained certificates (Word Processing Technician, Information Processing Technician, and Information Processing Specialist) are interested in attaining associate degrees for continued job advancement. Many employees with advanced software proficiencies and competencies in hardware support, maintenance, and repair are considered top candidates for supervisory or managerial positions.

Such positions include: office supervisors, office managers, computer support specialists, and information processing specialists. Based on Bureau of Labor Statistics (2008-2018) figures, job demands in these areas will grow approximately 11.0% and will continue to exceed the number of available and trained workers.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate creativity, critical thinking, ethical behavior, and self-understanding that are essential to the attainment of personal goals.
  • explain how the individual, society, and human heritage impacts society and the environment.
  • communicate effectively through speaking, writing, and the use of professional tools.
  • recognize and demonstrate an appreciation of the need for life-long learning and continual professional development.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the diverse fields of human knowledge in natural science, social science, humanities, language and rationality, and living skills.
  • demonstrate an understanding of professional ethics and responsibilities and the impact of the professional on society.
  • demonstrate an understanding of global, ethical, and societal concerns relating to the impact of computers.
  • adapt to technological changes and innovations in computers and use the techniques, skills, and tools necessary to meet needs.
  • analyze needs, design solutions, and implement necessary microcomputer applications or processes to on-the-job problems in a team environment using appropriate diagnostic tools.

 Associate in Science Degree

The Information Processing Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.