When computing, whatever happens, behave as though you meant it to happen.

When you get to the point where you really understand your computer, it's probably obsolete.

The first place to look for information is in the section of the manual where you least expect to find it.

When the going gets tough, upgrade.

He who laughs last probably made a back-up.

A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.

The number one cause of computer problems is computer solutions.

A computer program will always do what you tell it to do, but rarely what you want to do.



Richland Community College strives to provide educational opportunities to enable individuals to become contributing members of the workforce now and in the future. The workplace has changed with new work hours and work patterns due to improved telecommunications and computer technologies. the majority of new jobs will require post-secondary education and training below the baccalaureate level, and most of the current technical workforce needs training. The information available doubles every five years.

The mission of the occupational and technical programs at Richland is to provide students the opportunities to choose, prepare for, and advance in their careers and vocations. This mission is accomplished by integrating technical education and academic education to provide the skills and education needed for living in a global society, competing in the workforce, and being receptive to lifelong learning.

The Information Technology A.A.S. programs are designed to prepare students for employment in the growing Information Technology industry, either in an IT company or on an IT support team for a company in another industry. The IT A.A.S. program consists of directed three-tiered curricula, which provides all IT students with a common IT foundation of knowledge, followed by a specific concentration in one of three IT areas, and finally a capstone experience that puts into practice the IT knowledge gained throughout the program. The IT program includes three A.A.S. degrees:

  • Programmer/Analyst
  • Network Technology
  • Desktop Support Technician

In addition to the degrees offered in the IT program, students may earn certificates that recognize significant academic achievement and progress through the program, as well as preparation for external occupational/professional certifications. IT certificates include

  • CompTIA A+ Preparation
  • CompTIA Net+ Prep
  • CompTIA Security+ Prep
  • CompTIA Project+ Preparation
  • CompTIA Linux+ Preparation
  • Cisco CCNA
  • Computer Literacy
  • Desktop Support Specialist
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA)
  • MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist)
  • Network Specialist
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Programming Specialist
  • Systems Programming
  • Web Programming

IT professionals remain in high demand in Illinois as well as nationally. Areas of highest demand include multi-language applications programmers, applications software support specialists, hardware support technicians, web/eBusiness/eCommerce applications support, and Internet & Network technicians and administrators.

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