Computer Programming

The Richard W. and Judith B. Manthei Endowed Scholarship is available each year for a sophomore CIOS student (32 credit hours or more) who is a district 525 resident with a 3.0 GPA or above.

FAFSA must be completed. Registration for this scholarship is open January 1 through April 1, and scholarship will be effective the following Fall. Contact Pam Dunn at or Scholarship Office for more information.

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What Will I Learn?

A computer programming degree generally involves studying a variety of programming languages. It allows students to work in a diverse industry within the information technology environments. Computer programmers are in high demand in today’s technologically advancing industries, and students enrolling in this major will receive formal, hands-on computer programming training that is necessary for today’s growing market. This major allows students to explore a variety of computer programming including Java, C++, or Visual Basic., and students may choose to specialize in specific language by selecting appropriate sequences. The most marketable areas include C++, Java, and object oriented programming. Students willing to continue their education for a bachelor’s degree can do so by transferring this degree to a four-year institution.

What is Unique About Our Computer Programming Program?

The Computer Information Systems - Programming Option A.A.S. is available to students completely online. For further information, please refer to Additionally, students can contact H. Low at (815) 280-2441 or R. Raghuraman at (815) 280-2334.

What Are My Career Opportunities?

The most common career tracks for qualified students include:

  • Computer software engineer
  • Computer system analyst
  • Computer operator
  • Applications programmer
  • Systems programmer
  • Computer instructor
  • Software administrator