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Computer Information Systems

Create Your Success Story in Computer Information Systems

The digital age is here to stay! Now is the time to become a computer systems expert and get the skills you need to have a thriving career. Among the highest paying, certificate-only jobs, computer programming and related information system roles are in demand and extremely competitive. Compton College's Computer Information Systems Program teaches students about business software, using business data, how to implement cybersecurity measures, and how to install and maintain small and large LANs (local area networks).

Students have many options available to them upon completion of the program, including roles as software specialists, web programmers, database developers, systems analysts, or network administrators. Courses include Systems Analysis and Design, Using Microsoft Excel, Building Mobile Apps, and more.

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How can I apply?

Becoming a Compton College student starts by filling out a free online application. After that, there are a few simple steps to follow before it's time to enroll in classes. Click to get started today.

What are the steps to enrollment?

Click here for all the details you need to understand the process from application to graduation, but here's a brief summary of the steps to become a Compton College student.

  1. Apply for admission
  2. Explore your financial aid options
  3. Complete your online orientation
  4. Work with a counselor to create your educational plan
  5. Register for classes

Need more help? Click here for our virtual program guides.

What degrees and certificates are offered?

Associate of Science Degree: 24-29 units

Computer Systems Applications - Certificate of Achievement: 21-22 units

View the Associate in Science program map for more details on a pathway to completion.

How much does this program cost?

The program cost is $46 per unit for California residents, not including books, fees, and supplies. For example, unit fees for a 15-unit certificate would be $690, ranging up to the 60-unit associate degree, which would be $2,760. Most students qualify for financial aid or for the Compton College Promise Program.

How long is the program?

Program length varies depending on whether you are pursuing an associate degree or certificate and how many classes you are able to take each semester.

View the Associate in Science program map for more details on a pathway to completion.

What types of jobs are available once I earn a degree or certificate?

  • Computer Programmer
  • Software Developer
  • Web Programmer
  • Web Application Developer
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • Source 1; Source 2

What is the salary range for jobs in this field?

The median salary for a computer programmer in California is $107,300 and varies dramatically based on experience, education, and location. Among national computer programmers, the lowest 10 percent earned less than $51,440, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $146,050.

Are there internships and/or work experience available?

Cooperative Work Experience (CWEE) is designed to provide Compton College students with workplace experience and enhanced skills. We invite you to learn more about the work experience process with us by visiting the CWEE website.

Why choose Compton College?

Compton College is a great value for students looking to make a change or enhance their career and get experience for in-demand, high-paying jobs. Our diverse programs, affordable fees, and outstanding student services are here to support your career goals. The Computer Information Systems Program is just one of many career paths we offer and trains students based on industry standards to ensure success.

Can I transfer to a university after earning a degree?

Upon completing Compton College's Computer Information Systems Program, students can use their certificate and/or degree to work immediately or complete additional general education and major preparation coursework for transfer to a university.

What else do I need to know?

At least 50% of the major requirements for the associate degree must be completed at Compton College.

Who are the program contacts?

Rosa Portillo Gonzalez
Student Services Advisor
Business and Industrial Studies
Office: Welcome Center D-27

Alicia Zambrano
Student Services Advisor
Business and Industrial Studies
Office: Vocational Technology Building, VT-150

"Not only has Compton College influenced the type of person that I want to be, but I am confident it has prepared me to go on to a four-year university and meet my career and personal goals."
Ana Ruiz Bonaparte, Compton College student


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