California Community Colleges
North Far North Regional Consortium
APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL – NEW OCCUPATIONAL PROGRAM
PROPOSED PROGRAM TITLE CONTACT PERSON
Information Technology Edward B. Davis
Yuba College Associate Dean
DISTRICT PHONE NUMBER
Yuba Community College District 530-741-6853
PROJECTED PROGRAM START DATE E-MAIL ADDRESS
Fall 2006 firstname.lastname@example.org
CERTIFICATE A.A. DEGREE A.S. DEGREE LIMITED DURATION, UNTIL
RECOMMENDED T.O.P CODE
UNITS FOR MAJOR-DEGREE
TOTAL UNITS FOR DEGREE
Write a short narrative including each of the following:
1. Catalog Description. A Description of the program as it will appear in the catalog.
The Information Technology Program at Yuba College prepares students for any occupation that
involves computer applications, database, technical and customer support services, web
authoring/developing, Internet Information researcher/architect, and upgrading job skills in the
computer technology area. The curriculum also provides valuable computer experience and
training for students who are enrolled in other disciplines of the College.
2. Program Requirements. A list must be submitted of all courses required for completion of the
program, including core requirements, restricted electives, and prerequisites. This is a listing of
Required Courses: BCA 15R - Business Computer Applications (Beg. or Equiv) - 3 Units; IT
45CR - Networking Technologies - 3 Units; IT 45DR - Unix Systems Management - 3 Units; IT
45ER - Supporting Network Clients - 3 Units; Plus 9 additional units from the IT 44 or 45 Series
(11 courses to choose from). Total Required Units for Certificate of Completion = 21 Units.
3. Similar programs at Other Colleges in Service Area. Describe/list all similar programs in colleges
within commuting distance of the college.
Information Technology is a world-wide program. Yuba College is a member of the Cisco
Network Program, the Oracle Academic Initiative, The Microsoft IT Academy, the
CompTia/Jobs+ certificate program, and the MSDN Academic Alliance. California State
University, Sacramento has a BA in Management Information Science. CSU Chico College of
Business has a BA in Information Technology. Sierra College has a Computer Information
Systems program with AA/AS Degrees and certificates offered. Butte College offers an AS
Degree and Career/Technical Program Certificate of Completion in the Computer Information
Systems program. Los Rios CCD schools offer certificates and degrees in Computer Information
Systems (CIS), CIS-Database Administration, CIS-Security, and Computer Networking.
Mendocino College offers an associate degree in Computer & Information Applications and a
certificate in Computer Applications: Networking.
4. Justification of sufficient Labor Market Need. One or both of the following should be included.
a. Labor Market Information. Include projections from LMI for the most applicable OES
codes and geographical regions to be served by the program. If these projections do not
appear to suggest adequate job openings to provide employment for all program
completers, given existing training sources, then the application must explain what other
factors may make the LMI figures misleading. If LMI figures are unavailable for the
occupation targeted by the program, please explain.
There are a variety of perspectives that one could approach this topic.
We begin with a projection of what the labor market will be for the field of information
technology in the U.S. and then look specifically at the State of California and for
northern California in particular. It is also important to note that this particular
occupational field was delivered a setback with the dot-com bust of 2000. This industry
was also badly impacted with the 11 September attacks in 2001. However, the Business
Division of Yuba College has been able to offer classes in Information Technology and
the projected occupational statistics in this area prove very hopeful.
A Yuba College student may be able to obtain an entry level position in a variety of
computer technology occupations after completing the A.S. degree and/or the Certificate
of Completion. The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics produces an annual
report on all occupations and predicts the change in employment over a ten year period
from 2002 to 2012 .
Several occupational groups were selected from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The Computer Support Specialist is the occupational category that is most often open to
people with information technology backgrounds similar to the ones we offer at Yuba
b. Job Market Analysis. Include information demonstrating the relation of the proposed
program to a job market analysis. The job market analysis should present evidence that
there is a viable job market that will preferentially hire those graduating with the
proposed degree or certificate.
(Attachment A) shows 6 occupations in the field of information technology indicating
typical postsecondary-education or training category and sorted by the percent in change
in total employment, 2002-2012. These occupations lie at the core of the information
technology/systems field and expansion of jobs in these occupations would indicate a
healthy expansion at all levels. The two categories of "All Other Computer Specialists"
and the "Computer Support Specialists" are the two occupations in this field that require
and AA/AS degree only. The growth in these two occupations alone are estimated to
grow by 30 to 36% over the next ten years with over 220,000 job openings by 2012. this
is compared to a total growth figure nationwide of 14% for all occupations. the median
annual income exceeds the national average by $10,000. From a national perspective the
information technology field is healthy and growing.
California Employment Picture: Out of a total of 615,000 job openings projected each
year over the next decade it is estimated that Computer Specialists will make up about
three percent of these or 17,700 job openings a year in California. Of these, about 2,300
will be open to Computer Support Specialists, a 28% increase from 2002 to 2012. This is
the occupation requiring an AS degree. This makes the position one of the top fifteen
fastest growing occupations in the United States.
Within the immediate area the Computer Support Specialists occupation will expand
from 90 openings per year to 150, or a 66% increase from 2001 to 2008.
(Attachment B) shows Occupational Projections for the Northern California Area.
Statistics were gathered from www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov. These all show a
healthy growth in employment opportunities for computer related jobs. Major employers
who hire in these occupations in the Yuba College service area are: Sutter Health, Volt,
Health Net, Intel, Kelly IT Resources, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, UC Davis Medical
Center, Kaiser Permanente, County offices of Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Sutter, Yolo, and
Yuba. Fremont/Rideout Health Group, Office of Education for Colusa, Glenn, Lake,
Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba Counties, Sun Bridge Health Care, Konocti Harbor Resort,
Redbud Community Hospital, Glenn Medical Center, Sutter Lakeside Hospital, Army
National Guard, Emmanuel Health Care, California Department of Transportation,
Marysville Joint Unified School District, Yuba City Unified School District, Yuba
Community College, Yuba-Sutter Disposal, Aerojet, California State University, Mercy
San Juan Medical Center, Sacramento County Airport, Sutter Memorial Hospital, Water
Date the proposed program was announced to the Regional Consortium September 9, 2005
Date the proposed program was approved by the local district Board of Trustees October 12, 2005