Clinton Community College expands its Computer Information Program

PLATTSBURGH The Computer Information System (CIS) program has been offered at Clinton Community College (CCC) for 7 yearsbut it has recently taken on a new direction with more Web-based applications, including Java.

We have recently updated many of our courses, said CIS program coordinator, Chris Ford.

In the programming class we now teach the Java programming language, he said.

Ford explained that Java is the programming language used for most web-based programming, and is also widely used in database applications.

In May, Ford attended a Java-One conference in San Francisco where he was able to pick up many new ideas.

I spent a lot of time this summer revamping several courses to implement those new concepts, Ford added.

CCC has two full-time instructors for the CIS program, Ford and Ron Poland. Ford covers the courses relating to programming, database, and applications, while Poland teaches the courses in hardware, operating systems, and networking.

Poland is also teaching a new course in web design which has been very well received by students.

In the CIS program we emphasize hands-on computer training, said Ford. For example, in the hardware class you will take a computer apart right down to the frame and learn how to install hard drives, power supplies, memory chips, and all other components.

In the networking class you crimp your own wires, hook up routers, and create various mini-networks in the lab.

CCC offers computer courses in the following areas:
Computer Applications
Computer Programming
Computer Hardware
Computer Operating Systems
Computer Networking
Database Systems
Web Design

Ford also explained that CCC has an articulation agreement with Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), so that students who graduate from the CIS program at CCC can transfer into the Management Information Systems program at RIT as a junior.

Students can save a huge amount of money if they go to CCC for the first two years, then go to RIT, Ford added.

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