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Information Technology and Cyber Security

Kent Hulsey

Phone: 417-345-1460


B.A. - Elementary Education, History Minor -
Buena Vista University

M.S. - Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

20 Years Industry Experience

Course Description 

The Computer Information Systems program provides students the opportunity to prepare to choose and enter the Information Technology career field of their choice at an introductory level. Course topics include building and repairing device hardware; maintain operating systems such as Windows, Mac, and Linux; configure network equipment and cloud hardware; demonstrate cybersecurity principles including white-hat hacking; and create video games and cloud applications using computer science concepts. 

*Students who enroll in a Computer Information System (CIS) class may now count the class as either a math credit, a science credit, or a practical art credit. However, this credit may not take the place of a required EOC class (Algebra, Biology).

Course Objectives

  • Demonstrate professional leadership and employability skills
  • Build and repair device hardware
  • Manage operating systems like Windows, Mac, and Linux
  • Configure network equipment and cloud hardware like servers
  • Demonstrate cybersecurity principles to secure and test system protection
  • Create video games and cloud applications using computer science concepts

Dual and Articulated Credit

Articulated - OTC

ITI 107  Computer & Network Hardware

ITI 108  Operating Systems & Software

ITI 114  Intro to Networking

Dual - SBU

CIS 1033  Foundations of Computer Science

CIS 1163  Introduction to Cybersecurity

Industry Certifications

TestOut PC Pro (similar to CompTIA A+)
TestOut Network Pro (similar to CompTIA Network+)

Related Occupations

The number of jobs in these CIS related industries based on projected growth: Computer Support Specialist jobs are expected to increase by 11% Information Security Analysts jobs are expected to increase by 28%
Software Developer jobs are expected to increase by 24%.

Related Occupations:

Computer User Support Specialists
Network and Computer System Administrator
Software Developer
Information Security Analysts
Computer Programmer (coding)
Web Developer
Computer Network


Missouri: $19.00 per hour to $27.00 per hour
National: $26.00 per hour to $49.00 per hour