Computer Technology
The Computer Technology (CTEC) department at Clark College offers training in a variety of foundational and content-specific topics relating to general computer literacy and fluency, computer operating systems interactions, programming, databases, web technology, and networking. Our course offerings serve a variety of missions: to enhance and expand an individual student's skill set, to serve as a prerequisite or requirement for another area of study, or to be a component course in one of the programs offered by this department.

CTEC currently offers the Computer Support Specialist program with degree and certificate options to provide students with skills for employment as computer technicians, help desk workers and other technical support roles. The department also offers a certificate in Web Programming and an AAT degree in Web Development.

Student considering options in computer-related careers should meet with a program advisor to consider which CTEC courses or programs may benefit them in their training and career exploration. CTEC course offerings can help provide a foundational understanding and set of skills in computer technology that will help them make informed decisions on career choices in other Clark College computer-related programs offered by Networking Technology (NTEC), Computer Graphics Technology (CGT), and Business Technology (BTEC), as well as on transfer opportunities in Computer Science and Information Technology.

For CTEC degrees and certificates, students must complete all major area requirements with a minimum grade of "C" or better in order to successfully complete the program and earn the award. Students should refer to the Degree & Certificate Requirements Section of the Clark College Catalog to identify the courses needed to satisfy the General Education Requirements for our program offerings.
Computer Support (CP)
This program is designed for students desiring careers as computer support technicians and specialists who offer services and support for a company or organization. Support specialists install, configure and maintain hardware and software as well as diagnose, troubleshoot, and resolve computer-related problems. The Computer Support Specialist Certificate of Proficiency at Clark College features training in foundational skills, based on computer industry certifications; an emphasis on customer service; and work experience in a computer help desk setting.

Students interested in the Computer Support Specialist program should obtain advising before entering the program.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
ENGL 135
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
or ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
MATH 030
PRE-ALGEBRA
5 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
BTEC 149
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS ESSENTIALS
3 cr.
CTEC 100
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTING
3 cr.
CTEC 101
COMPUTING ESSENTIALS
2 cr.
CTEC 130
MICROSOFT MTA WINDOWS OS FUNDAMENTALS
3 cr.
CTEC 103
INTRODUCTION TO MAC/OS
3 cr.
CTEC 104
PC SUPPORT CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS
3 cr.
CTEC 110
COMMAND LINE ESSENTIALS FOR WINDOWS AND UNIX
3 cr.
CTEC 131
MICROSOFT MTA NETWORKING FUNDAMENTALS
3 cr.
and NTEC 132
WINDOWS SERVIER ADMINISTRATION FUNDAMENTALS
3 cr.
or NTEC 221
CISCO CCNA 1
6 cr.
CTEC 200
PC HELP DESK WORK EXPERIENCE (2-5 credits required)
1-5 cr.
NTEC 232
COMPTIA A+ COMPUTER SUPPORT TECHNICIAN
6 cr.
Total Required Credits: 49-52
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate foundational understanding of concepts, skills and issues relating to underlying technology and current industry standards involving computer technology.
  • Install, configure, and maintain hardware and software to bring the system to an appropriate operational level for the end user.
  • Diagnose, troubleshoot and repair customer hardware, software, and networking issues.
  • Identify, access, and evaluate resources, and respond appropriately and professionally with written and verbal communications to colleagues and customers.
  • Maintain a professional and supportive role with colleagues and customers in regard to their computer technology needs.
  • Analyze the ethical and legal issues surrounding access to and use of technology.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Computer Support (AAS)
This program is designed for students desiring careers as computer support technicians and specialists who provide services and support for a company or organization. Support specialists install, configure and maintain hardware and software as well as diagnose, troubleshoot, and resolve computer-related problems. The Computer Support Specialist Associate of Applied Science at Clark College features training in foundational skills based on computer industry certifications. It also features an emphasis on support for a variety of platforms and network settings. Students in the program will gain practical experience in help desk and other service environments.

Students interested in the Computer Support Specialist program should obtain advising before entering the program.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (6 credits required)
 
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
or ENGL 135
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
MATH 030
PRE-ALGEBRA
5 cr.
Health & Physical Education (3 credits required)
 
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
Humanities (3 credits required)
 
CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Social Sciences (3 credits required)
3 cr.
Natural Sciences (3 credits required)
 
Major Area Requirements
BTEC 149
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS ESSENTIALS
3 cr.
and CTEC 100
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTING
3 cr.
or CTEC 205
INTRODUCTION TO MANAGED INFORMATION SYSTEMS
5 cr.
CTEC 101
COMPUTING ESSENTIALS
2 cr.
CTEC 103
INTRODUCTION TO MAC/OS
3 cr.
CTEC 104
PC SUPPORT CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS
3 cr.
CTEC 105
INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERNET
3 cr.
CTEC 110
COMMAND LINE ESSENTIALS FOR WINDOWS AND UNIX
3 cr.
CTEC 130
MICROSOFT MTA WINDOWS OS FUNDAMENTALS
3 cr.
CTEC 131
MICROSOFT MTA NETWORKING FUNDAMENTALS
3 cr.
and NTEC 132
WINDOWS SERVIER ADMINISTRATION FUNDAMENTALS
3 cr.
or NTEC 221
CISCO CCNA 1
6 cr.
CTEC 200
PC HELP DESK WORK EXPERIENCE (3-5 credits required)
1-5 cr.
CTEC 295
CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE
3 cr.
NTEC 232
COMPTIA A+ COMPUTER SUPPORT TECHNICIAN
6 cr.
Related Electives
Students must complete a minimum of 22 credits in related electives. Choose from the following list:
BTEC 120
INTRODUCTION TO WORD
3 cr.
BTEC 122
WORD FOR BUSINESS
5 cr.
BTEC 149
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS ESSENTIALS
3 cr.
BTEC 150
COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS
5 cr.
BTEC 169
INTRODUCTION TO EXCEL
3 cr.
BTEC 170
EXCEL FOR BUSINESS
3 cr.
BTEC 180
ACCESS FOR BUSINESS
3 cr.
BTEC 195
E-COMMERCE: INTRO TO BUSINESS ON THE WEB
3 cr.
CGT 105
USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN
4 cr.
CGT 106
SOCIAL MEDIA EXPLORATION
3 cr.
CTEC 100
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTING
3 cr.
CTEC 102
INTRODUCTION TO WINDOWS
3 cr.
CTEC 121
INTRO TO PROGRAMMING & PROBLEM SOLVING
5 cr.
CTEC 122
HTML FUNDAMENTALS
4 cr.
CTEC 133
MICROSOFT MTA SECURITY FUNDAMENTALS
5 cr.
CTEC 134
MICROSOFT MTA DATABASE ADMIN
5 cr.
CTEC 140
INTRODUCTION TO UNIX
5 cr.
CTEC 141
UNIX SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION
5 cr.
CTEC 145
WEB SERVER TECHNOLOGY
5 cr.
CTEC 160
WORDPRESS I
5 cr.
CTEC 165
BUSINESS WEB PRACTICES
4 cr.
CTEC 212
COMPTIA STRATA COMPUTER AND IT SUPPORT
5 cr.
NTEC 125
INFORMATION SECURITY FUNDAMENTALS
3 cr.
NTEC 142
CLOUD COMPUTING FUNDAMENTALS
3 cr.
NTEC 221
CISCO CCNA 1
6 cr.
NTEC 222
CISCO CCNA 2
6 cr.
NTEC 223
CISCO CCNA 3
6 cr.
NTEC 224
CISCO CCNA 4
6 cr.
NTEC 225
CISCO CCNA SECURITY
6 cr.
NTEC 234
MICROSOFT SERVER ADMIN 1
6 cr.
NTEC 235
MICROSOFT SERVER ADMIN 2
6 cr.
NTEC 236
MICROSOFT SERVER ADMINISTRATOR 3
6 cr.
NTEC 242
DATACENTER VIRTUALIZATION TECHNOLOGY
6 cr.
Total Required Credits: 90-93
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate broad-based understanding of concepts, skills and issues relating to underlying technology and current industry standards involving computer and information technology.
  • Install, configure, and maintain hardware and software to bring the system to an optimal operational level for the end user.
  • Diagnose, troubleshoot and repair customer hardware, software, and networking issues in a variety of environments.
  • Identify, access, and evaluate resources, and respond appropriately and professionally with written and verbal communications to colleagues and customers.
  • Maintain a professional and supportive role with colleagues and customers in regard to their computer technology needs.
  • Analyze the ethical and legal issues surrounding access to and use of technology.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Health and PE: Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Humanities: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Social Science: Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Science: Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Web Programming (CA)
This certificate is designed to provide foundational training in key technologies related to web programming and web development.

All students interested in this program option should obtain advising prior to pursuing this certificate.
Major Area Requirements
CTEC 121
INTRO TO PROGRAMMING & PROBLEM SOLVING
5 cr.
CTEC 122
HTML FUNDAMENTALS
4 cr.
CTEC 160
WORDPRESS I
5 cr.
CTEC 260
WORDPRESS II
5 cr.
CTEC 126
JAVASCRIPT
5 cr.
CTEC 127
PHP WITH SQL I
5 cr.
CTEC 227
PHP WITH SQL II
5 cr.
CTEC 228
API AND ADVANCED INTEGRATION
5 cr.
CTEC 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE (4 credits required)
1-5 cr.
or CTEC 240
UNIX NETWORK ADMINISTRATION & SECURITY
5 cr.
Total Required Credits: 43
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of recognized client/server-related technologies related to World Wide Web interactions.
  • Exercise foundational skills relating to interactions and tools in the Linux operating system.
  • Design and execute back-end scripting solutions to support web server activities.
  • Create executable server-side resources using PHP and relational databases.
  • Create and deploy client-side resources using HTML/CSS, JavaScript and other related tools.
  • Develop and deliver web content in a team or group setting.
Web Development (AAT)
The Web Development AAT degree provides students with a foundational and employable skill set in web programming and development technologies as well experience and skills in web design and media associated with the World Wide Web. Essential skills are developed through practical hands-on experience, real client project work, a focus on professional skills and building a portfolio of work.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (5 credits required)
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I (recommended)
5 cr.
or ENGL 135
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING (recommended)
5 cr.
Computational Skills (5 credits required)
CTEC 121
INTRO TO PROGRAMMING & PROBLEM SOLVING (recommended)
5 cr.
Human Relations (5 credits required)
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (recommended)
5 cr.
or CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION (recommended)
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
Web Foundations
CTEC 160
WORDPRESS I
5 cr.
ENGL 160
WRITING FOR THE WEB
3 cr.
CTEC 122
HTML FUNDAMENTALS
4 cr.
CGT 106
SOCIAL MEDIA EXPLORATION
3 cr.
Web Media
CGT 101
PHOTOSHOP RASTER GRAPHICS
4 cr.
CGT 104
WEB MULTIMEDIA CONTENT I
4 cr.
CGT 201
WEB VIDEO PRODUCTION
4 cr.
Web Design
CGT 105
USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN
4 cr.
CGT 205
WEB DESIGN I
4 cr.
CGT 206
WEB DESIGN II
4 cr.
CTEC 165
BUSINESS WEB PRACTICES
4 cr.
CGT 214
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES
4 cr.
or CTEC 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE (4 credits required)
1-5 cr.
or CGT 240
CAPSTONE PRACTICUM
4 cr.
Web Development
CTEC 260
WORDPRESS II
5 cr.
CTEC 126
JAVASCRIPT
5 cr.
CTEC 127
PHP WITH SQL I
5 cr.
CTEC 227
PHP WITH SQL II
5 cr.
CTEC 228
API AND ADVANCED INTEGRATION
5 cr.
CTEC 145
WEB SERVER TECHNOLOGY
5 cr.
Total Required Credits: 92
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Web Foundations: Write, organize and publish well written content and code to engage web communities for personal and professional research, marketing, and interaction.
  • Web Media: Create original visual graphics, audio, and integrated media design for the web.
  • Web Design: Develop interactive websites from concept to design to execution with that provide an effective user experience and meet client needs.
  • Web Development: Plan and execute industry standard code, web scripting, and server strategies to capture, integrate and manage data.
  • Professional Practices: Demonstrate professional skills and business ethics to communicate and collaborate in various work environments.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.