Info & Computer Science

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Today’s world revolves around technology…creating a continually increasing need for skilled ICS workers!  With Leeward's ICS program, you can prepare for employment in a variety of IT areas:

  • Network Support
  • Information Security
  • Software Developer
  • Programming
  • Help Desk

Skills in writing, speech and mathematics complete the preparation for employment. Leeward’s ICS course credits are transferable at the bachelor’s degree level, so it’s a cost-effective way to start a four-year degree! And you can also take courses to help you prepare for any of the following industry certifications:

  • A+
  • Networks+
  • Security +
  • CCNA
  • CEH
  • Linux+

DEGREE AND CERTIFICATES OFFERED

  • Associate in Science, Information and Computer Science (60 credits) is designed to prepare you for employment as a technical assistant or professional and administrative personnel using computers. You can choose from three specializations: Network Support Specialist, Information Security Specialist, Software Developer Specialist. The curriculum is designed to facilitate transfer to the baccalaureate programs in Information and Computer Sciences at UH Mānoa, UH West O‘ahu and UH Hilo for those students who wish to continue their education while working in the industry. Requirements for the Associate in Science degree

  • Academic Subject Certificate, ICS (15 credits) prepares you to transfer to either the B.A. or B.S. degree program in Information & Computer Science at UH Mānoa, or the B.S. degree program in Computer Science at UH Hilo. Requirements for the Academic Subject Certificate, ICS

  • Certificate of Achievement, ICS (30 credits) provides you with entry-level skills or job upgrading for positions under direct supervision in computer support, cabling, and basic networking, office application support, and database management. Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement, ICS

  • Certificate of Achievement, Information Security (30 credits) provides you with entry-level skills or job upgrading for positions under direct supervision in information security. Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement, Information Security

  • Certificate of Competence, Basic Logic and Programming Level 1 (6 credits) provides an overview of the fundamentals of computer programming. You will learn the fundamentals of problem solving, algorithm development, implementation, and debugging/testing using an object-oriented programming language. You will also learn the foundational mathematics behind computer operations. Requirements for the Certificate of Competence, Basic Logic and Programming Level 1

  • Certificate of Competence, Basic Logic and Programming Level 2 (6 credits) provides you with a second semester of computer programming and the mathematics of computers. You will learn the fundamentals of data structures, searching and sorting algorithms, recursion, polymorphism, inheritance, and encapsulation using an object-oriented programming language. You will also learn the mathematical concepts behind computer operations, such as graphs, trees, Boolean algebra, finite-state machines, formal languages, program correctness, and solving recurrence relations. Requirements for the Certificate of Competence, Basic Logic and Programming Level 2

  • Certificate of Competence, Help Desk (18 credits) enables you to pursue entry-level career opportunities as lT Help Desk Technicians. As organizations grow increasingly reliant on lT technologies in furthering and accomplishing their missions, so too does reliance on personnel equipped to support these technologies, in terms of software/hardware issues, both remotely and on-site. Computer Support Specialists provide such support. Requirements for the Certificate of Competence, Help Desk

  • Certificate of Competence, Information Security Specialist (9 credits) introduces you to the essentials of computer security, including knowledge about the proper techniques for data collection, examination and preservation of forensic data. You will perform basic ethical (white hat) hacking, learn about the moral and legal issues that are involved while performing the learned techniques. You will also learn how to perform basic computer forensics such as operating system diagnostics, as well as to use a forensic tool kit to examine and validate computer activity. Requirements for the Certificate of Competence, Information Security Specialist

  • Certificate of Competence, Network Support Specialist (9 credits) provides you with the essentials of computer security, the fundamentals of network design , and the advanced components of network design. This includes using encryption, activity monitoring, intrusion detection, security policies, security administration, basic switching and routing, wired and wireless networking, wide area networking, Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) and Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) routing, and route optimization. Requirements for the Certificate of Competence, Network Support Specialist

  • Certificate of Competence, Software Developer (9 credits) enables you to develop applications in at least two object-oriented languages using data structures, recursion and graphical-user interfaces. You will analyze and select appropriate algorithms for sorting and searching. You will also use mathematical models, which have implications for computer science. Requirements for the Certificate of Competence, Software Developer

TIME AND COSTS

The time to complete the certificates or the degree varies from one to four semesters. To obtain the associate degree in two years, you have to take an average of 15 credits/semester.

Costs: tuition and fees

PROGRAM FACULTY

William M. Albritton, Associate Professor CC, Information and Computer Science; B.A. Physics, Oberlin College; M.S. ICS, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Michael J. Bauer, Associate Professor CC, Information and Computer Science; B.S., University of Wisconsin-Parkside, , M.B.A., University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Petersen W. Gross, Instructor CC, Information and Computer Science; B.S. ICS, M.S. ICS, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Vincent Lee, Assistant Professor CC, Information and Computer Science; B.S., M.S., University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Blanca Polo, Associate Professor CC, Information and Computer Science; B.S. MIS, Universidad Regiomontana; M.S. ICS, Ph.D. Computer and Information Sciences, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Alejandro A. Ramos, Assistant Professor CC, Information and Computer Science; Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

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