Information Technology

Train to Work as an IT Professional

SJVC’s Information Technology (IT) program prepares students for entry-level positions in IT. The program is designed to help students earn the industry-specific certifications related to their chosen career path. Students can earn a Certificate of Completion in any one concentration, or combine two concentrations to earn an A.S. degree.

SJVC offers four distinct IT concentrations and associated Certifications to choose from:



Web Development

Database Administration

The first-year Certificate track for each of the four concentrations includes foundational coursework in Computer Literacy, Hardware, Software and Ethics, and a Certification Review course to prepare for the following certification exam:

The CompTIA A+ certification is the first step of your professional IT journey. It’s the ideal foundational certification to get started on a career working with cutting-edge information technologies. It covers mobile, tablets, laptops, desktops and beyond. The exam verifies that an individual can troubleshoot networking and security issues within operating systems such as Apple, Android, Windows and more.

SJVC’s IT concentrations include the certification exam preparation with the coursework. The Certification Review courses include practice exams and instructor-directed review. The practice exams help students identify areas in which they may need additional support. SJVC provides vouchers to cover the cost of the student’s first round of exams.

A.S Degree Option

Students complete general education courses along with their second concentration to earn an A.S. degree. Some of the natural combinations may be Security and Networking or Web Development and Database Administration. You can design a program that best meets your career goals.

Information Technology Program Details

Skills Students Learn

All students enrolled in our online Information Technology program learn how to:

  • Configure, maintain and troubleshoot computer hardware
  • Install, upgrade and troubleshoot computer software

Additional coursework is specific to each of the concentrations below:

Networking and Telecommunications

  • Maintain and troubleshoot networking hardware
  • Install, configure and administer Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Install, configure and administer wireless local area networks


  • Design and manage network perimeter defenses
  • Test for possible system penetrations
  • Perform computer forensics

Web Development

  • Create, edit and manage websites utilizing Adobe® Dreamweaver
  • Create web applications, tables and forms
  • Create webpages using HTML, Javascript and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

Database Administration

  • Design and manage databases
  • Perform database security functions
  • Understand and use SQL, and maintain Microsoft SQL Servers

Program Course Examples

Example courses* taken by our online Information Technology students include:

A+ Software (foundational)
This course is designed to introduce the student to the basics of installing, configuring, maintaining, upgrading, diagnosing, troubleshooting, and networking using personal computer software. Students will properly configure software for proper security and also support software on mobile devices.

Computer Forensics (Security concentration)
Students will learn how to perform computer forensics. Using current forensics software, students focus on techniques and practices for gathering and analyzing evidence to solve crimes involving computers.

HTML (Web Development concentration)
This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills needed to use HTML for creating and maintaining websites. This course examines creating and editing a web page using inline style sheets, creating tables in a web site using an external style sheet, creating an image map, creating pop-up windows, adding scrolling messages, and validating forms.

*Program courses vary depending on student’s chosen concentration(s) and program credential level.

Program Outcomes

Our online Information Technology students can earn a Certificate of Completion in approximately 7 months, or an Associate of Science Degree in approximately 14 months.

Program Availability

SJVC’s Information Technology program is available online.

Career Opportunities

Students who graduate from SJVC’s Information Technology program can qualify for a variety of careers, depending on their chosen concentration(s). Opportunities include:

Networking and Telecommunications

  • Network Administrator
  • Computer User Support Specialist
  • Computer Security Specialist
  • Field Service Technician


  • IT Security Technician
  • Data Security Analyst
  • Information Assurance Technician
  • IT Security Auditor

Web Development

  • Web Designer
  • Web Programmer
  • Web Developer
  • Information Architect

Database Administration

  • Database Specialist
  • Database Administrator
  • Database Analyst
  • Database Programmer

Accreditation and Approvals

Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at

State Approvals

SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8) and Title 5, Division 7.5 – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations.

Any questions that a student may have regarding the college catalog and/or catalog supplement that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at:

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818

Physical Address
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833

Telephone Numbers
Toll free (888) 370-7589
(916) 431-6959

Fax Number
(916) 263-1897


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