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IT: Systems Administration & Support

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Program Overview

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Information Technology (IT) Systems Administration and Support curriculum prepares graduates for employment in the technology sector. You’ll gain knowledge and skills to design, process, implement and manage information systems in specialties such as database services, system administration, software development, computer security, business intelligence and healthcare informatics.

Class work includes development of your ability to create, store, communicate, exchange and use information to solve technical issues related to information support and services, interactive media, network systems, programming and software development, information security and other emerging technologies based on the selected area of study.

Degree and Certificate Options

  • Information Technology: Systems Administration and Support — Associate in Applied Science
  • Computer Upgrade and Repair Technician Certificate

Dual-enrollment opportunities are available.

The Systems Administration and Support program includes a Work-Based Learning option. A successful work learning experience is helpful in seeking employment.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to analyze the needs of a system administration or database project and identify, install, and configure appropriate hardware and/or software to implement the project
  2. Communicate concentration‐related material effectively, both written and oral, with a range of audiences
  3. Identify methods to evaluate digital content for validity and usefulness


Graduates should qualify for employment in entry-level positions with businesses, educational systems and governmental agencies which rely on computer systems to design and manage information. The program will incorporate the competencies of industry-recognized certification exams.

Curriculum Guides

Associate in Applied Science in Information Technology: Systems Administrator and Support Curriculum Guide (PDF)

Computer Upgrade and Repair Technician Certificate Curriculum Guide (PDF)