Instructional Computing Division
The Division of Instructional Computing offers learning opportunities designed to help our students successfully achieve career goals and make positive contributions in their chosen professions. Our students are provided quality educational experiences in computing and information technology, enabling them to meet the challenges of today's complex workforce environment.
The Division is equipped to serve students with high-quality classrooms, first-rate computer laboratories, and the most current software. Flexible open lab hours provide students with additional hands-on learning opportunities.
Our Artificial Intelligence Lab, which opened in 2022, is a 21st-century learning environment that allows students to work on high-end computers with dual monitors.
The Microsoft Datacenter Academy offers the opportunity for hands-on experience in a datacenter environment using equipment provided by Microsoft.
As artificial intelligence (AI) technology rapidly accelerates with new tools, technology, and applications, the demand for workforce training also increases. Occupations currently requesting AI skills include business analyst, data engineer, engineer, software developer, architect, and many more.
The Associate in Science (AS), Emphasis in Computer Science degree provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in computer science. With an associate degree, students may seek employment as a computer user support specialist.
The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Cybersecurity is designed to focus on the necessary skills required to secure, protect and identify vulnerabilities in a network, including various operating systems and network devices. Emphasis is placed on developing the theoretical, legal, ethical and practical skills needed to maintain security on mission-critical networking and server systems.
The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Information Technology (IT) program is designed to provide students with skills to meet information technology needs across industries. This program includes instruction in the principles of computer hardware components and business software, programming, databases, networking, customer service, web development, and information systems and project management.
The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Network and Systems Administration program provides students with a solid, hands-on skill set of computer, networking, and internetworking systems technology principles and desktop support. Students gain an understanding of the interaction between microcomputer software and hardware, network and internetworking operating systems software and hardware, local area network administration and management, the use of troubleshooting techniques, troubleshooting hardware and software tools, as well as interpersonal/customer service skills.
The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Programming and Systems Analysis program provides an in-depth exploration of different computer language and technical skills. The AAS includes, but is not limited to the following: operating systems, local area networks, business communication, team roles, and dynamics. Certificate of Completions (CCLs) in Programming and Systems Analysis Level I and Level II and iOS App Development are also available.
Estrella Mountain's Red Hat Academy, established in 2005 and lead by a Red Hat Certified Engineer, prides itself in offering top-tier instruction for Linux system administration using Red Hat Enterprise Linux; configuration automation of systems and network devices using Ansible; cloud and orchestration technologies using containers, Kubernetes, and OpenShift; and a capstone program.
Web Design/Development prepares students to design, create, and administer interactive and professional websites. Courses focus on "hands-on" experience with web publishing, web graphics preparation, scripting, content management systems and e-commerce solutions. The program provides students a pathway to either develop advanced skills in Web Design or Web Development.
Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) is the need to protect a regions vital infrastructures such as food and agriculture, energy, communications, or transportation.