Information Technology Frequently Asked Questions

Program Information

What is the difference between the certificates and associate in science (AS) degree in information technology?
The certificates in database administration, help desk services, and programming teach practical skills for specific jobs or aspects of a job. The information technology certificate provides focused instruction in skills in information technology. The primary advantage of earning a certificate is that it allows a student to enter the job market quickly. The certificates are part of the associate’s degree program; meaning the credits earned in the certificates may be used towards the associate’s degree. The associate’s degree also includes general education and practical business-oriented coursework.

What is the advanced professional certificate in information technology?
The advanced professional certificate (APC) is an 18-credit certificate that focuses on advanced topics in database programming, networking security, and web development and management. It is designed for students who have completed the associate in science (AS) degree in information technology or for technology professionals who are seeking to update their skills. The APC courses apply to the bachelor of applied science (BAS), information technology at the University of Hawai`i-West Oahu. Contact the information technology program coordinator for more information.

What are the differences between Kapi`olani Community College’s Information Technology (ITS); Honolulu Community College’s Computing, Electronics, and Networking Technology (CENT); and University of Hawai`i at Manoa’s Information and Computer Science (ICS) and Computer Engineering (CE) programs?
Kapi`olani CC’s ITS associate in science program tends to be broader and leans toward Microsoft, CompTIA, and Oracle certifications. Honolulu CC’s CENT associate in science program tends to be more hardware-centric and leans toward Cisco certifications. UH Manoa’s ICS bachelor program leans toward software technology (programming) while the computer engineering program focuses on computer architecture but covers everything related to computer hardware and software.

Upon completion of course work can I sit for vendor certification exams?
Yes, upon successful completion of the programming courses, you could sit for Microsoft certification. Upon successful completion of the network and maintenance courses, you could sit for Network + or A+ certification. Upon successful completion of the database administration courses, you could sit for the Oracle administrator certification.

How long will it take to complete the certificates or associate in science (AS) degree in information technology?
It depends on the number of credits taken each semester and if awarded transfer credits from previous colleges. A student may attend full-time (taking 12 or more credits each semester) or part-time (taking less than 12 credits each semester) selecting courses of interest or job needs, as well as, course availability. Please remember one 3-credit course is like working 10 hours a week so plan accordingly.

Who do I talk with if I have more questions about information technology?
Contact an advisor or the information technology program coordinator.

Courses and Credits

Can I receive information technology credits for information technology experience? I worked in the information technology field for several years.
It depends, contact the information technology program coordinator to learn how your work experience might apply to information technology courses.

Can the certificates or associate in science (AS) degree in information technology be completed online?
No, not all information technology courses are offered online.

Are information technology courses offered during the summer?
No, information technology courses are not normally offered during the summer. The Class Availability site lists summer session courses.

Can I take information technology courses at another University of Hawai`i community college?
No, information technology (ITS) courses are specific to Kapi`olani CC. There are, however, several information technology related course taught at other community colleges that are considered equivalent to a few of our ITS courses. Contact an advisor before taking a course elsewhere.

Internship

What is ITS 293 Information Technology Program Internship?
The information technology internship is a required course that integrates classroom learning with supervised practical work experience. The internship provides the student with the opportunity to build upon, apply, and assess the concepts developed through course work at an information technology work site.

I already work in information technology. Do I still have to take the internship class?
Yes, the internship class is required for the associate in science (AS) degree in information technology. Students currently employed in an information technology related position may be able to use their positions for internship. Contact the information technology program coordinator or course instructor to learn how your current position may be applicable.

Tell me more about the ITS 293 Information Technology Program Internship requirement.
The course meets approximately one hour per week and requires 120 hours of work in the information technology environment. Students are responsible for securing their own internship positions. Employers with internships positions often contact the instructor to solicit resumes and interview students. If a student cannot secure an internship position, the instructor will take reasonable efforts to find a position for the student. Students working full-time have found creative ways to meet this requirement by taking time off work or interning on the weekends and evenings. Individual circumstances should be discussed with the internship instructor.

Graduation and Transfer

Do my associate in science in information technology (ITS) courses transfer to the University of Hawai`i (UH) at Manoa’s information and computer science (ICS) program?
No, information technology courses are not applicable to UH Manoa’s information and computer science (ICS) program. For transfer advising to UH Manoa contact an advisor in the Maida Kamber Center for Career Exploration, Transfer, and Graduation Services in the I`lima building, room 104, email mkcinfo@hawaii.edu.

I want a bachelor’s degree after I complete the associate in science (AS) degree in information technology; what are my options?
Kapi`olani CC has an articulation agreement with the University of Hawai`i-West Oahu for students who complete the associate in science (AS) degree and want to pursue a bachelor of applied science in information technology degree. The advanced professional certificate (APC) in information technology courses apply to the bachelor of applied science in information technology degree. Contact an advisor for more information.

Are there professional information technology organizations that students and graduates may join?
Yes, in Hawai`i there are several organizations that students and graduates may join. A few are the:

Do you have job placement services for students?
No, unfortunately the campus does not have job placement services. Students and graduates may use the University of Hawai`i Student Employment and Cooperative Education (SECE) and the State of Hawai`i HireNet-Hawai`i free services to seek employment. Many professional organizations have job placement as a membership benefit.

How much can I earn in the accounting field?
The amount you can earn in information technology depends on many factors including but not limited to job requirements, education, experience, job location, etc. Visit O*NET OnLine to learn more.