The rapid and widespread use of computers and information technology has generated a need for highly trained workers proficient in various job functions. These specialists include computer scientists, database administrators, and network systems and data communication analysts. The information technology field requires people who show leadership skills, the ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail, and the ability to work on a number of tasks simultaneously.
MCC’s transferable Associate of Arts (AA) Degree
MCC has transferable Associate of Arts (AA) degree with a Computer Science/MIS emphasis for those who want to transfer their MCC credits and complete a baccalaureate/bachelor’s degree or other advanced degree at a university. In many instances, transfer colleges and universities accept this degree as equivalent to their own general education requirements.
Because the requirements for an AA degree change periodically, students should check with their academic advisor or the MCC Admissions Office to confirm that they have the most current information. Students are responsible for knowing the requirements for the degree they hope to obtain and for planning their schedule accordingly.
Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State, UNI and Iowa
MCC participates in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa to enable MCC students to transfer credits seamlessly to any of the state universities. Participants are dual-enrolled at MCC and the university with access to academic advising and student services at both institutions. The universities guarantee admission into the desired degree program, provided all requirements are met. Ask the MCC Admissions Office for more information!
The MCC Advantages
- Scholarships & Financial Aid – Marshalltown Community College offers a generous combination of scholarships and financial aid packages, putting a college education within the reach of many students. Check the Scholarship web page or visit with an Academic Advising Specialist in the MCC Admissions Office for more information.
- Information Technology/IT Club – Students are invited to participate in MCC’s Information Technology Club, which meets regularly to provide opportunities to discuss various technology issues outside the classroom. In addition to their own education, club members strive to educate the masses on the use of technology. The IT Club plans field trips, guest lectures and special events during the academic year, including an MCC Gaming Tournament featuring HALO 5.
Computer Science/MIS Careers & Job Outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent through 2026 (faster than the average for all occupations), with the projected addition of about 557,100 new jobs. Demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.
The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $84,580 in 2017, much higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,690.
Follow these links to find additional up-to-date information on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook web pages:
- Computer Network Architects
- Computer Programmers
- Computer Systems Analysts
- Database Administrators
- Information Security Analysts
- Network & Computer Systems Administrators
- Software Developers
- Web Developers