Computer Information Services
The reliance of business on computers and technology demands skilled workers to meet the needs of today’s employers. Employment of computer network specialists is projected to grow faster than average for all occupation as demand increases due to businesses expanding their use of wireless and mobile networks. Programming, repair, design, networking and information security are all part of the computer industry.
Students in the CIS program learn in the classroom, virtually (online) and in group settings to diagnose and repair computers, set-up computer networks and prepare for various computer technician certifications. Special emphasis is also put on the latest cyber-security protocols and the prevention of computer hacking. The class participates in several student organization leadership events, including Business Professionals of America (BPA) and SkillsUSA. Students are able to earn Jackson College credit and industry certifications as part of this class.
To Be Successful
Students in this class are interested in computers – what makes them work and how can they make them work better. They are creative at diagnostic and repair and will understand networking concepts and cyber-security strategies.
Business Professionals of America (BPA)
Program Success Indicators
- Add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers
- Public speaking skills
- Basic word processing and presentation skills
- Basic internet skills
- Work well with others (teamwork)
- Use imagination and creativity to solve problems and find solutions
- Complete assigned work in a timely manner; meet deadlines, prioritize tasks
- Follow directions and safety protocols
- Follow verbal and written instructions
- Good work ethic and good, dependable attendance
- Demonstrate a positive attitude and interest in the program
- Work with hexadecimal and binary systems
- Read industry-standard materials including manuals, guidebooks, and diagnostic reports
- Interest in building and repairing computers
- Keyboarding skills
- Basic knowledge of operation systems
- Interest in industry certifications
- Interest in networking, security, & cyber-security
- Participate in student organizations (SkillsUSA and BPA)
Note: Additional education may be required.
- Computer Programming
- Computer Repair
- Network Technician
- Information Assurance/Security
- Software Application Specialist
High School Credit*
*The LISD TECH Center recommends the academic credit listed. Credit can only be awarded by local districts.
- 1.0 4th Math
- 1.0 Online Learning Experience
- 1.0 3rd Science (in lieu of)
- 1.0 World Languages (in lieu of)
- 1.0 Visual, Performing, & Applied Arts
College Credit Opportunities*
*College credit can only be awarded by the college or university. Certain requirements must be met outside of completing the program.
- Baker College
- Davenport University
- Jackson College
- Siena Heights University
- Washtenaw Community College
- Security +
- Linux +
- A+ Certification
- Network + Certification
- CISCO Certified
- Entry Network Technician
Kirk Davis brings a wide variety of experience in business/information technology to the Computer Information Services program. He has 20 plus years of Information Technology and Leadership experience with companies servicing every type of industry. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and a degree in Law Enforcement from the University of Toledo. He has his teaching certifications in Business, Management, Marketing, Technology, and Physical Education. Kirk has also been coaching baseball and girl’s fast-pitch softball for the past ten years.