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Iowa Western Community College

Computers: Programming Certificate

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall Only
Program Length: 2 Semesters
Award: Certificate

Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day, Evening, Online
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus

About the Program

In as little as two semesters you could be on your way to working as a computer programmer by completing the Computers: Programming Certificate program of study at Iowa Western.


Students in this program get hands-on experience in multiple computer environments while learning programming languages and World Wide Web technologies. Coursework is limited to the essential hands-on courses you will need to be a successful programmer.

Career Information

The Computers: Programming Certificate program of study is designed to place students into the workforce after completion of the two-semester certificate. The certificate program prepares students for entry-level careers as computer programmers. Graduates of this program who wish to earn an advanced degree and prepare for higher level jobs should continue on to complete the Computers: Application and Web Programming program of study.

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Computers: System Administration Certificate
Students must complete the curriculum described below:
Recommended Course Sequence
Fall Semester
1st 8 Week Session
 CSC 121  Operating Systems   3.0
 CSC 114 Introduction to Information Technology   3.0
2nd 8 Week Session
NET 790 PC Support I   3.0
 NET 785 Fundamentals of Desktop Support   3.0
Spring Semester
1st 8 Week Session
CIS  332 Database and SQL   3.0
 NET 213 Cisco Networking   3.0
 2nd 8 Week Session
NET  313  Windows Server   3.0
 NET 418 LINUX Administrator   3.0
Summer Semester
 SPC 122 Interpersonal Communication   3.0
 NET 478 Information Storage and Management   3.0
 NET 795 Desktop Support Practicum    
Operating Systems: 6:00 to 7:45 PM
Introduction to Information Technology: 8:00 to 9:45 PM
PC Support I: 6:00 to 7:45 PM
Fundamentals of Desktop Support:  8:00 to 9:45 PM
Database and SQL: 6:00 to 7:45 PM
Cisco Networking: 8:00 to 9:45 PM
Windows Server: 6:00 to 7:45 PM
LINUX Administrator: 8:00 to 9:45 PM
Interpersonal Communication: 6:00 to 7:45 PM
Information Storage and Management:  8:00 to 9:45 PM
Desktop Support: TBD


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