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OCC to Host Information Systems Technology Information Night Aug. 6

Information Night FlierIndividuals interested in learning more about Olney Central College’s new Information Systems Technology Program are invited to attend a free Information Night at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6  in Room 106 at the West Richland Center in Noble.

Computer networking is essential in today’s business world. The IST Program, which begins in August, will provide students with a solid foundation in both computer maintenance and networking.

OCC’s partnership with the CISCO Networking Academy ensures students are learning the latest industry standards while gaining hands-on experience in a state-of-the-art lab.

Students can earn a two-year transfer degree, which offers electives and provides the basics of IST, while preparing students to successfully complete a bachelor’s degree.

The two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree incorporates more technology and enables students to enter the workforce right away. Students have the opportunity to specialize in either Network Administration or Cybersecurity.

Students who excel in the program also will be prepared to take multiple industry certifications.

IST Instructor PJ Zeilstra will be available during the event to answer any specific program-related questions. Refreshments also will be provided.

For more information, contact Advisors Vicki Thompson at, and Jodi Schneider at, or call 618-395-7777. No pre-registration is required. 

The Information Systems Technology Program is an Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Title III Block Grant initiative. The Title III program is supported in part by a five-year grant awarded to Olney Central College from the U.S. Department of Education effective October 1, 2018. The estimated total cost for all project activities is $2,506,775 financed by the grant award of $2,249,968 (90%) and $256,807 (10%) by Olney Central College.

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, religious affiliation, veteran status, national origin, disability, genetic information, or any other protected category.


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