Students looking to gain computer skills through online coursework have a variety of areas to choose from, including computer and information systems, software application, Web publishing, network administration, computer support, digital imaging and software design. Vocational schools offer certificate and associate's degree programs in these fields that can be completed entirely online through Blackboard and similar course delivery systems.
Capital Community College
Capital Community College, located in Hartford, Connecticut, is continually adding new courses to its list of online educational programs. Students can enroll in online certificate and associate's degree programs in computer and information systems, Web publishing, network administration and support services. Associate's degree students also take some general education courses in math, literature, social sciences, art and science, also offered online. Courses are delivered via Blackboard Vista's online classroom.
Certificate or A.S. in Computer and Information Systems
Online students take classes in computer programming, networking, word processing, marketing and software applications. This program also emphasizes Internet operations and data communications.
Certificate or A.S. in Computer and Information Systems - Web Publishing
After taking core computer and information systems courses, students take classes in Web design and development, multimedia communications, digital imaging and PageMaker.
Certificate or A.S. in Computer and Information Systems - Network Administration
In addition to the core computer and information systems courses, students study operating systems, Internet operations, data communications and scripting. Participants learn to install and manage computer networks, monitor networks and troubleshoot any problems.
Certificate or A.S. - Computer Support Specialist
Computer support specialists must know how to install and configure software, communicate with clients, apply online research strategies and understand end-user support principles. Students take classes in visual communications, software applications, help desk concepts and operating systems.
Portland Community College
Portland Community College, located in Portland, Oregon, is the largest institution of higher learning in that state. This vocational school offers associate's degree programs in computer information systems, network administration and health informatics. Most of the courses can be completed online. Students can also enroll in a number of online certificate programs in areas like Windows network security, Linux server administration, Oracle and SQL, network administration and database design, to name a few. Online courses utilize Blackboard, tele-courses and interactive video.
Computer Information Systems E-Commerce Certificate - Design and Development Track
This 1-year certificate program requires students to have a solid background in computer information systems prior to enrollment. Students take classes in essentials of e-commerce information systems, Java programming, advanced database concepts and Internet Web page scripting.
A.A.S. in Computer Information Systems
The computer information systems associate's degree program emphasizes the development of business application technology. Classes include software design, data modeling and SQL introduction and computer concepts.
Students interested in completing online computer training through a vocational school can select from among certificate and associate's degree programs. The specific topic of the degree, whether it be information systems, e-commerce or network administration, will determine the course content.