Information Technology and Computer Sciences

cybersecurity studentsCybersecurity Systems Technology I (AT 8685)

Cybersecurity Systems Technology II (AT 8686)

(formerly Computer Systems
Technology I & II) 

VBCPS: 3 credits per year, 2 years

We use technology on a daily basis, but has it ever crossed your mind how it all works? This course focuses on the hardware and software of computing devices with an overview of cybersecurity. Here you will learn how to build, repair, and secure desktop computers, servers, laptops, and networks, as well as install, configure, troubleshoot, and secure various operating s

ystems all through hands-on labs. While in this program you will have the opportunity to earn certifications like the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) A+ (1st year), Network + (2nd year), and Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) which are highly desired in the IT and Cybersecurity job market. A+ certified second-year students will have the opportunity to participate internships.



cisco studentCisco Network Engineering I
(AT 6657)     

Cisco Network Engineering II
(AT 6658)

VBCPS: 3 credits per year, 2 years

You’re texting and tweeting. You’re uploading to Snapchat and Instagram. What are you really doing? You’re networking on digital networks. Since networks are a big part of your life, shouldn’t you know more about them? The Cisco engineering program provides a hands-on introduction to networking and cybersecurity through the utilization of Cisco routers, switches, wireless devices and more. The courses are designed around real-world experiences using an E-learning platform which includes virtualization and gaming components, and are delivered in partnership with Cisco Systems Networking Academy, a global technology giant. Students can earn the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), Cisco Certified Entry Level Technician (CCENT) and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certifications.

I T student

Information Technology (IT) & Cyber Foundations (AT 6670)

VBCPS: 3 credits per year, 1 year


Career opportunities in Information Technology and Cybersecurity are exploding across the globe. IT & Cyber Foundations at the ATC introduces the technical and professional skills required for students to pursue careers in these exciting fields of study. This exploratory course exposes students to the programs offered as part of the IT & Computer Sciences at the ATC; allowing them to  investigate career opportunities and develop foundational technological skills in the areas of information technology and telecommunications systems, network and hardware engineering/support, programming and software development, web design and cybersecurity. Upon completion of this one-year program qualified students will have the opportunity to obtain nationally recognized certifications from Industry leaders, such as, Microsoft and CompTIA.



network admin students

Network Administration & Cyber Defense I 

(AT 6655)

Network Administration & Cyber Defense II
(AT 6656)

VBCPS: 3 credits per year,  2 years

Dual Enrollment Option with TCC

Cyber threats and hackers present some of the biggest threats to our national security, businesses and organizations.  Our society depends on computers and the Internet to function, and as such, the risk of cybercrimes increases as well.  In this program, students will take a comprehensive approach to the needs of protecting our computer systems.  Students will learn how to configure, manage and secure networks along with protecting servers, desktops and mobile devices.  Ethical hacking labs will allow students to learn how to defend against threats and conduct penetration testing measures on networks.  Students will work with Windows and Linux operating systems and during the course of the two-year program will have opportunities to become certified in nationally recognized certifications from CompTIA, Microsoft and EC-Council.



web design students

Web Design Foundations
(AT 6630)

Advanced Web Design
(AT 6631)

VBCPS: 3 credits per year, 2 years

Design, Coding and Business - Become a tech triple threat!

The Web Design courses at ATC will not only prepare students for the rapidly expanding tech opportunities in design and development, it will put those skills to the test under a business-centric class model. In the first year of the two-part program, students will learn and apply design standards to build beautiful and effective web experiences while simultaneously developing solid coding skills in languages like HTML5, JavaScript and CSS. As developers, they will learn to integrate all types of web content: text, images, graphics, audio and video, into their websites to enhance interest, creativity, and the overall user experience.


In the second year of the course, students will use their established design and development skills to create a simulated web design business. The second year of the course enables the development of entrepreneurial skills, project management, and business communications experience, all skills highly desired by businesses. In this unique classroom experience, students use industry standard web design software and editing tools, including the Adobe Creative Cloud™.


Qualified students will be eligible to sit for industry-recognized certifications from Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW), Adobe and Microsoft.




game studentsSoftware and Game Development
(AT 6641)

Advanced Software and Game Development (AT 6642)

VBCPS: 3 credits per year, 2 years

You can play a game on Xbox or on your phone, but can you actually “create a game” for them? Software and Game Development serves as an introduction for students interested in learning fundamental programming concepts, using Game Maker, Visual Studio, C# and the Unity Game Engine. Advanced Software and Game Development students are introduced to Database programming, Mobile App development and advanced programming concepts using Java. End of course projects have included games created in Unity Game Engine, Unreal Game Engine, games using the Oculus Rift and programming the TCC Planetarium. Students will prepare for the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) assessment in Computer Programming in the first year. During the second year, they will take the Microsoft Office Specialist Access Certification and be eligible to sit for the AP Computer Science Exam.


telecom studentsTelecommunications I (AT 8680)

Telecommunications II (AT 8681)

VBCPS: 3 credits per year, 2 years

How about a career at Cox Communications or DirecTV? Attend this class to learn how to install telephone, data and video networks.  Do you want to install security cameras and access control door locks and then post how to videos on YouTube, then Telecommunications is for you? The job market is booming with many companies paying over $16.00 an hour to start.  You will have the opportunity to be certified in Data Cabling, Fiber Optic Cabling, Satellite Dish installation as well as OSHA safety regulations.  The mentioned certifications can earn you 10 hours of college credit with Tidewater Community College towards your associate’s degree.