Computer Information Systems

Student fixing a desktop computerThe Computer Information Systems (CIS) program prepares students for entry level business positions requiring the use of computer applications, and will qualify students in the use of word processing, spreadsheet and database management applications. More advanced students may enroll in telecommunications and computer networking courses. In some instances, students with work experience in the above mentioned areas may challenge courses based on that experience. Students seeking advanced placement must meet with an instructor to verify knowledge and skills.

Computer literacy is having knowledge and understand of computers and their uses. It involves three levels of proficiency (T-O-P).

  • The First level involves Terminology – Ability to read, write, and understand “geek” language.
  • The Second level involves Operations – Ability to use computers to get work done e.g., word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and database management.
  • The Third level involves Programming – ability to code instructions for computers to operate on desktops, networks, and on the Web.

Computers are everywhere and impact many of our daily activities.  Our lives are dependent on information from a computer.  Computer skills are a necessity in today’s technological world.

The CIS program at College of Alameda prepares you for entry-level business opportunities requiring the use of computer applications, such as word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and geographical information systems (GIS) programs.  Our CIS program prepares you for transfer to a university.  Advanced students take programming courses, help desk and networking courses, help desk and networking courses, and web publishing courses.

We offer beginning and advanced office application courses.  We are the only Peralta college to offer help desk (desktop support technician) courses and networking courses.  Our web publishing courses, offered as hybrid (with some face to face meetings) as well as online, lead to a certificate of proficiency upon successful completion of the courses.  We also offer other online CIS courses which can fit your busy schedule.

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) program prepares students for entry level business positions requiring the use of computer applications, and will qualify students in the use of word processing, spreadsheet and database management applications.  More advanced students may enroll in telecommunications and computer networking courses.  In some instances, students with work experience in the above mentioned areas may challenge courses based on that experience.  Students seeking advanced placement must meet with an instructor to verify knowledge and skills.

Certificates of Proficiency are currently offered in:

  • Computer Applications – Weekend Computer College
  • Desktop Support Technician
  • Web Publishing