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Health Information Technology, A.A.S.

health information techEvery time a patient receives treatment, a record is created. Each record is essential for quality patient care and the financial health of hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and doctors’ offices. Health Information Technology is one of the fastest growing careers in the country. This accredited degree program provides students with the education and credentials sought after by employers. Through clinical experiences, for instance, students acquire the communication skills needed to assist health care professionals clarify diagnoses and meet documentation requirements.

Health Information Technology Careers

A degree in Health Information Technology from OCC will advance you toward careers that are in high-demand, such as:  

Health Information Technology Associate Degree
  • Medical Records & Health Information Technician $36 K
Bachelor Degree
  • Computer Systems Analyst $82 K
  • Database Administrators $80 K

(Average salaries from mynextmove.org)

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Advanced Manufacturing Certificate

Advanced Manufacturing & MachiningLocal manufacturers are challenged with finding skilled labor to handle sophisticated production processes and tasks. The Advanced Manufacturing – Machining certificate is designed to provide the foundation and hands-on experience necessary for students to gain employment as machinists and apprentices, machine operators, tool and die makers, machine setters, and tool grinders.

Advanced Manufacturing Careers

A certificate in Advanced Manufacturing from OCC will advance you toward many careers that are in high-demand. See Mechanical Technology (below) for more information.

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Mechanical Technology, A.A.S.

mechanical techOCC’s mechanical technology program provides a background in engineering drawing, manufacturing processes, machining, CAD, and material science to ready you for the professional world. Inspection techniques, computer drafting, and software analysis – these are just a few of the concepts you will learn in our curriculum. Implementing, analyzing, and improving technology will become your top professional priorities. The program prepares graduates for positions as CAD drafters and designers, mechanical technicians, test technicians, quality control technicians, materials lab technicians, machinists, and apprentices.

MechanicalTechnology Careers

A certificate in Advanced Manufacturing or degree in Mechanical Technology from OCC will advance you toward many careers that are in high-demand, such as: 

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Advanced ManufacturingCertificate
  • Tool & Die Maker $49 K
  • Machinists $40 K
  • Tool Grinder $35 K
MechanicalTechnology Associate Degree
  • Manufacturing Technician $40 K
  • Mechanical Drafter $36 K
BachelorDegree
  • Manufacturing Engineer $94 K
  • Materials Engineer $88 K
  • Industrial Engineer $81 K

(Average salaries from mynextmove.org)

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Computer Information Systems, A.A.S.

computer info systemsNo two semesters are the same in this program. It constantly evolves, just as technology and computers do. Students will explore the latest applications, software and hardware as new developments emerge in the field. Courses in information technology concepts and issues, data communications, program development, and systems analysis help build a core understanding of the field. The program prepares students for jobs in junior-level programming, networking, technical support, web design, and web maintenance.

ComputerInformation Systems Careers

A degree in Computer Information Systems from OCC will advance you toward many careers that are in high-demand, such as:

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Web Technology Certificate
  • Graphic Designer $46 K
  • Network & ComputerAdministrator $76 K
  • Computer Support Specialist $48 K
  • Web Designer/Consultant $46 K
Computer Information Systems Associate Degree
  • Network & Computer Administrator $76 K
  • Computer Support Specialist $48 K
  • Web Designer/Consultant $46 K
Bachelor Degree
  • Computer Information Scientist $108 K
  • Computer Systems Analyst $83 K
  • Database Administrator $80 K
  • Computer Programmer $78 K

(Average salaries from mynextmove.org)

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Electrical Technology, A.A.S.

electrical techToday's sophisticated workplace demands high-tech professionals who can successfully put their knowledge and skills to work. This degree program is an excellent place to begin a career as an engineering technician. Students will learn to construct, test, analyze, troubleshoot and repair systems reflective of modern technology using real-world engineering tools. Program graduates enter jobs in electronics, communications, power, industrial control, service and sales.

Electrical Technology Careers

A degree in Electrical Technology from OCC will advance you toward many careers that are in high-demand, such as:

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Electrical Technology Associate Degree
  • Electronics Technician $60 K
  • Electro-Mechanical Technician $53 K
Bachelor Degree
  • Electronics Engineer $96 K

(Average salaries from mynextmove.org)

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Computer Science, A.S.

Student with laptopAn excellent choice for students with continuing education in mind, the Computer Science program has established agreements with 4-year institutions that allow students to transfer  for further study in mathematics, science or computer science, or can prepare students to enter the workforce for a career in scientific or business programming. Courses include engaging topics such as program design, algorithm development, game programming and java programming. Students will gain an understanding of computer science theory and current programming languages. 

Computer Science Careers

A degree in Computer Science from OCC will advance you toward many careers that are in high-demand, such as: 

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Computer Science Associate Degree
  • Network Systems Administrator $76 K
  • Web Developer $63 K
Bachelor Degree
  • Software Developer $96 K
  • Computer Systems Engineer $83 K

(Average salaries from mynextmove.org)

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Computer Forensics, A.S.

Student at PCWhere law enforcement and information technology meet, this program is ideal for students who are drawn toward the latest technology and have strong interests in investigative work. Students will complete coursework in law, criminology, computer design and network architecture. The program has established transfer agreements with three of NYS’s 4-year institutions and it is recommended that students continue on to complete a Bachelor’s or higher degree in order to excel in this field.

Computer Forensics Careers

A degree in Computer Forensics from OCC will advance you toward careers that are in high-demand, such as: 

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Computer Forensics Associate Degree
  • Computer Forensics Technician $55 K
Bachelor Degree
  • Information Security Analyst $89 K

(Average salaries from mynextmove.org)

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Electronic Media Communications, A.A.S.

The Electronic Media Communications (EMC) program prepares students for a career in the varied fields of electronic media communications and/or continuation at a four-year institution. Students obtain the fundamental skills necessary to perform as an electronic media professional. Through coursework, you’ll learn to develop, design, write, produce and direct both independent and team-based programs and projects. The program prepares students for careers in radio/audio production, television/video production, and digital media. EMC graduates are employed in radio and television stations, cable TV companies, sound recording facilities, audio/video production companies, advertising agencies and the entertainment industry in Central New York and throughout the United States.

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Hospitality Management, A.A.S.

The Hospitality Management associate's degree program provides excellent preparation for your choice of Food Service Management, Restaurant Management, Hotel Management, and Culinary Management.

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