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Information Systems Technology Program in El Cajon, California

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Available at our El Cajon Campus
(619) 596-2766

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Information Systems Technology


The objective of the Information Systems Technology program is to prepare the student for exciting positions in the expanding field of Information Technology. Over the span of nine months, this program will provide the student with knowledge and skills acquired from intensive classroom study and hands-on labs. This course will provide the fundamentals of cybersecurity, Java programming, electronics, computer networks, computer hardware, web design and fiber optics.

Typical careers for Information Systems entering the field include, but are not limited to: Computer Operator, Computer Support Specialist, Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers, Electronics Tecnician, and IT Technician.

38 Semester Credit Hours

36 Weeks (9 Months)

Accredited by the COE

This course may lead to certification with the Fiber Optics Association.

This course may lead to certification with the Electronics Technicians Association.


AC/DC Electronics & Electronic Components

This course will focus on the fundamentals of electricity, electrical theory and mathematics for circuitry will be discussed in this course. Focus will be on direct current, alternating current, series and parallel circuits, and passive and active components. This course will additionally discuss digital devices and circuits, and communication electronics, to include: radio frequency circuits, modulation, transmitters and receivers, digital transmission, multiplexing, demultiplexing, transmission lines, antennas, and microwaves. Safety for Computer Technicians will be reviewed throughout the class.

Java Programming

This course will teach the significance of object-oriented programming. Students will learn the keywords and constructs of the Java programming language and the steps required to create simple Java technology programs.

Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

This course will provide learners with principles of data and technology that frame and define cybersecurity. Students will gain insight into the importance of cybersecurity and the integral role of cybersecurity personnel. Focus is on cybersecurity principles, security architecture, risk management, attacks, incidents, and IT and IS technologies

Computer Hardware

This course explores the essential parts of a computer with focus on the motherboard, the CPU, the BIOS, and input and output systems. Students will learn assembly, updating, and troubleshooting of these components in laboratory projects. Mass data storage and printing systems will also be discussed.

Computer Operating Systems (Windows)

This course covers file systems, installation and setup, system management, and networking with Windows OS. Focus is on hard disk preparation, memory management, the command prompt, disk management, utilities, and troubleshooting basic networking issues.

Computer Networks

This course provides a closer examination of basic computer networking as well as network operation and the practical application of networks. Topics covered include: network structure and models, cabling, protocols, and remote connectivity. Students will also practice installing and administering a home and small business network.


This course is an introduction to Linux operating systems and applications. Topics discussed are: open source software, Linux distributions, preparing for Linux, installing Linux, configuring Linux, live disks, Linux file systems, installing software, and security. Students will learn to install Linux as a domain controller on a Windows network and as a standard (LAMP) server.

Web Technologies & Database Management

This course will focus on internet fundamentals, web design, using hand-coded HTML, CSS, web editors (CMS), PHP, and MySQL. Emphasis is also placed on creating and managing databases using PHP and MySQL.

Basic Fiber Optics

The Basic Fiber Optics Installation Technology course is an introduction to fiber optics. It is designed to provide students with knowledge of the fundamentals of light wave technology, basic optical theory, optical fiber technology, components & connectors, the splicing process, fiber optics applications, optical signals, system performance measurements and proper fiber optic lab safety.

Fiber to the Premises/Home/Curb (FTTx)

Students in this course will learn why FTTx is being implemented today, including technical, marketing and financial justifications; the types of FTTx architectures being used, advantages, and disadvantages of each and types of components required; Technical details of specialized FTTx components like splitters and wavelength-division multiplexers and requirements for cables, connectors, splices and hardware; the design and installation requirements particular to FTTx; and the specialized safety requirements of FTTx. Hands on labs examine testing and troubleshooting FTTx links. .

Certified Premises Cabling (CPCT)

This course will focus on understanding the technology and processes involved in fiber, copper, and wireless in structured cabling, as well as the components and how they are used to build premises network cabling systems properly. Topics include: premises wiring; wiring installation practices; wireless; cabling for wireless. hands-on labs include: wiring (cable, punch downs, jacks, and plugs) and fiber optics (premises cabling, termination, and testing).

Career Development

This course offers an introduction to successful interviewing and resume development techniques. In addition, it provides information on effective networking and seeking out the appropriate job. Instruction is provided on correct workplace habits, professionalism, and maintaining a positive attitude.

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Cost of the Program
$11,990.00 Tuition
$350.00 Fees

Graduation Rate (For 2016).
74% On-Time Graduation Rate (on-time graduation is 9 months)

The Median Loan Debt for Students in this program for award year 2015-2016 is$6400.00

Council on Occupational Education Placement Rate (As reported to the Council on Occupational Education in the 2016 Annual Report)

Information Systems Technology Program graduates typically obtain jobs such as the ones listed below which include the link to the Standard Occupational Classification:

Computer Operator
Computer Support Specialist
Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other


Advanced Training Associates is conveniently located in East County, serving the communities of El Cajon, Santee, Lemon Grove, La Mesa, Lakeside, Alpine, Chula Vista, Spring Valley, Mission Valley and San Diego.
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