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Clinton Community College expands its Computer Information Program

CCC, he said, also has an articulation agreement with CV-TEC, which allows graduates from its computer program to receive up to 12 credits of coursework if they transfer to CCC.

Just what do these changes to the CIS program at CCC mean?

If you look at the trend of todays electronics, everything is moving toward the web, Ford began to explain.

The latest cellphones, iPods, and Blackberries can all access the web, he went on. The Java programming language that we now teach, specifically Java Micro Edition (ME) will be used to program most of these new devices so students with this background will be in high demand.

So how does CCC's CIS program compare to those offered by other colleges?

Prior to creating the CIS program in 2000 I researched many CIS and CIT programs in New York State. Our program has more emphasis on business courses than most CIS programs, Ford replied.

We also have more electives than most other programs, so the students can specialize in the area of their choice, he said.

He went on to explain that CCC also requires that students do an internship program where they work for at least 120 hours at a job in the computer field.

This gives them real life experience prior to graduation, Ford said.

There are some perspective CCC students who may fear they cannot be successful in such a program, but Ford assures them that 99 percent of the people who fail the CIS program do so because they just don't show up for class and didnt complete the course work.

Ron (Poland) and I have very flexible office hours when we can help students, he added, and Clinton has the Academic Assistance Center where students can go for further guidance.

Ford stressed that CCC has a very low student to teacher ratio and there is plenty of help available. Students need only be motivated enough to take advantage of that resource.

Most students who are willing to put in the time and do the work can excel in this program, said Ford.

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