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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog

Information Systems Technology, Computer Networking, Technical Certificate

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Information Systems Technology


The Information Systems Technology (IST) department offers technical programs, leading to associate degrees or certifications, designed to develop marketable skills and promote economic development.

Program Description

Students entering Information Systems Technology may choose a Computer Networking Technology option or a Web and Programming Technology option. The IST department at JC has partnerships and affiliations with national vendors such as Cisco Systems and Microsoft.

The Web and Programming technology option is a two-year program which offers training in the design, coding, and testing of websites, e-commerce development, server administration, graphics manipulation, Internet programming, and database interaction. This option offers training in desktop, web, and mobile application development. The curriculum teaches students skills such as Visual Basic, PHP, ASP.Net, JavaScript, “C”, Mobile, HTML, CSS, and SQL. Also, students are prepared to earn their IC3, CIW, CompTIA’s A+, programming language, MTA Security Fundamentals, and MTA Software Development certifications.

The Computer Networking option is a two-year program which offers training in hardware, operating systems, network design, network administration and client/server systems. The curriculum offers students the education needed to earn IC3 certifications, Cisco’s CCNAcertification, Microsoft’s MCP certification, MTA Security Fundamentals, MTA Networking certifications, and CompTIA’s A+, Network+, Security+, and Linux+ certifications. 

The Cybersecurity  Technology  option  involves  securing  networks  and  computers.  This process involves evaluating protocols, operating systems, hardware components, networking devices, and software tools to make a secure infrastructure. Students have the opportunity to learn in a hands-on environment with a wide variety of classes that will benefit them after  completing  their  degree.  The program  also utilizes a  Cisco®  Networking   Academy   Program.

Program Length

Two semesters
Four semesters


Career Certificate (two semesters)
Technical Certificate (four semesters)
Associate of Applied Science (four semesters)

Admissions Requirements

  • Must meet all general admission requirements.
  • An applicant having previously earned college credit with less than a 2.5 grade point average must schedule an interview with the Information Systems Technology staff and be referred to the Dean of Career and Technical Education or Dean of the College for approval.
  • A minimum composite ACT score of 18 is required. Applicants with composite ACT scores of 16 or 17 may be referred to the Dean of Career and Technical Education or Dean of the College for probationary admission. ACT scores must be recorded in the Jones College Admissions and Records Office prior to admission to the program.

Applicants that do not hold a regular high school diploma or high school equivalency may qualify for the program by the following:

  • Contact Ms. Shelby Hanna at 601-477-4117 or
  • Schedule a time to complete the Accuplacer assessment.
  • Receive a passing score on all Accuplacer tests.


Jones College Enrollment Services at 601.477.4257 or Information Systems Technology Department Instructors: Jordan Hetrick at 601.477.4299 or Jennifer Powell at 601.477.4064; or email, or


It should be noted that all sophomore year and many freshmen classes are only taught once per year and in the semester noted.

Courses that serve as a prerequisite must have a grade of “C” or above or approval of the Dean or advisor before enrolling in subsequent courses.

Program Requirements

The following advisement plan is a recommended course of study. An academic advisor may alter course sequence to meet individual student needs. In addition, an academic advisor may recommend additional or different courses depending upon student career plans and/or requirements of the college or university to which the student plans to transfer.

Freshman Year

First Semester

Total Hours: 18

Total Hours: 16

Sophomore Year

First Semester

Total Hours: 7

Second Semester

Total Hours: 8

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