According to CareerOneStop (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration), computer systems design and related services is the 12th fastest growing industry in the United States.
As of 2012, 1,620,300 professionals are employed in this field, and that number is expected to increase by an astounding 38% to 2,229,000 professionals by 2022.
RCC’s Information Systems Technology Department is preparing students to join this rapidly expanding industry. The department is committed to the education of students in the areas of information systems technology, computer science, network administration, web technologies, office administration and medical/health information. The department strives to provide quality education through instruction in the classroom, distance education, industry/education partnerships and hands-on internship placements.
Professor Nelson Velez, an adjunct faculty member at RCC since 2012, is just one of the many department faculty members dedicated to equipping students with the tools needed for immediate success. And Professor Velez knows a thing or two about success: he is the 2012 Cisco Networking Academy Instructor of Excellence. With over 15 years of field experience in the public and private sectors, Professor Velez has worked his way up from junior systems administrator to director of network operations. He holds a B.S. in Business Information Systems from UMASS Dartmouth and a M.S. in Management with a specialization in Information Security from Colorado Technical University.
While Professor Velez takes preparing his students for academic and career success incredibly seriously, he also takes the time to appreciate the classroom experience.
“I really appreciate the diversity in my classroom, which creates a great learning environment,” says Mr. Velez. “Not only people from different cultural backgrounds but from different socio-economic circumstances, as well. It is a beautiful thing how education brings all of us together for the greater good.”
And what advice does Professor Velez offer his students? It’s simple: “Establish short-term goals and work hard to achieve them. Do not forget to have fun along the way.”
Mr. Velez teaches Introduction and Advanced Networking classes, as well as Security and Wireless Technologies classes. These courses are a part of the robust curriculum offered by Information Systems Technology Department. The courses offered by the department lead to the following degrees:
- Associate in Science, Network Administration: The trend in data management towards the use of desktop computers connected in networks has created a demand for trained network administrators and technicians to manage and maintain the networking process. This degree provides students with the credential required for a position in network administration. Students must complete an internship in order to receive this degree.
- Associate in Science, Information Systems Technology: This degree provides students with more options from which to choose in order to pursue a career or transfer to a four-year college. The degree prepares students for a wide variety of employment opportunities in the computer information services industry, such as computer operator, help desk support, programmer analyst, PC support technician, and network support technician. This degree allows transfer to the University of Massachusetts Boston or other private or public universities, where you can earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology (BSIT).
In addition to the associates degrees listed above, the Information Systems Technology Department also offers certificates in web technologies, network administration (two and three semester certificate programs available), PC hardware configuration and information systems technology. These certificates enable students to sit for industry certifications, such as Cisco and A+. The department also plans to begin offering an AS in Health Informatics and Cyber Security in Spring 2016.
For additional information on RCC’s Information Systems Technology/Office Technology Department, contact Interim Dean of Professional Studies Chiso Okafor at (617) 427-0060 ext.5318 or [email protected].