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Information Technology & Cyber Security

This Information Technology & Cyber Security AAS degree is designed to provide a comprehensive pathway to develop skilled workers in the emerging fields of cyber security. After completing this program, students will develop competencies in preventing, detecting, and responding to cyber attacks, the practice of digital forensics investigation, and the legal and ethical issues associated with information security. By completing this associate degree, students will gain technical skills and combined knowledge in multiple disciplines, including (but not limited to) business, law, policy, and critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The program is based on information security concepts, principles, methods, techniques, and best practices to secure systems.

Students can also pursue an Associate in Arts degree with a concentration in Information & Communication Technology that prepares them to transfer to a four-year university to obtain a bachelor's in ICT. 

By completing this program, students can earn up to four (4) stackable certificates: Computer Support certificate from which students can proceed to obtain a Computer Technician certificate, Network Security certificate, and the CISCO Networking certificate. Embedded in these four certificates are six of our ten Information and Communication Technology  (I.C.T.) courses accepted by multiple state universities as transfer credits.

Students completing this degree are also prepared to take industry-based certifications including CompTIA Security, Cisco Security (CCNA Security) Microsoft Technology Associate (M.T.A.) Security  Fundamentals, GIAC Information Security Fundamentals (GISF), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and a wide range of other industry-based certifications. 


Admission Requirements

Information Technology and Cyber Security is an open enrollment program, meaning there are no criteria students must meet to be admitted. Students who are interested in enrolling in this program should complete our steps to enroll, which includes completing the free application for admission.

We encourage all prospective students to visit campus. We have several Explore Sandburg Open Houses throughout the year, or you can schedule a campus visit at your convenience.

Career and technical programs/courses are offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or status in any group protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Title IX Coordinator Rick Eddy, 309.341.5234; Jacob Runge, 309.341.5262.

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Cyber security and IT career fields are growing rapidly and always changing. To keep your job skills current and update, you will need to get training, learn new systems and techniques. Most information technology and security careers require both hard and soft-skills.

Potential Careers

Information Technology Manager
Systems Administrator
Information Technology Security Specialist
Database Administrator
Network Systems Administrator


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Sample course schedule for the Information Technology and Cyber Security program

See Academic Advisor, Michael Bailey, for an updated schedule. 


Program format

The Information Technology and Cyber Security program offers both online and face-to-face class options. However, the program cannot be done entirely online. 


Class formats

Sandburg offers courses in a variety of formats to best fit the needs of our students. To determine the formats for specific courses, please refer to our course schedule.

Regardless of the course format, it is highly recommended that students have access to a reliable computer with broadband internet. All courses use online resources and require students to access course information through mySandburg. Accessing courses through a phone is discouraged. Both campuses have open computer labs for student use.

Click here for a list of the class formats.

Internship Requirements

The Information Technology and Cyber Security degree requires an internship as a graduation requirement. Internships are an excellent way to gain experience in your chosen career field and stand out as a competitive candidate in the job market after graduation. For more information about the process, please visit our internship page.


Information Technology and Cyber Security AAS program cost sheet



To apply for financial aid, visit our financial aid page for more information.



Thanks to our generous donors, Carl Sandburg College Foundation is able to award over $100,000 each year in scholarship dollars to Sandburg students. High school, adult learners, and returning students - everyone is eligible to apply. Apply between October 1 and March 15 for the upcoming year. We encourage all students to apply. 

Meet the Instructors

Dr. Suvineetha Herath, Ph.D.
Information and Communication Technology Instructor

Andrea Jenkins
Information and Communication Technology Adjunct Instructor

Cynthia Johnson
Information and Communication Technology Adjunct Instructor

Linda Lee
Information and Communication Technology Adjunct Instructor

Jena Linkin
Information and Communication Technology Adjunct Instructor

Department of Social and Business Sciences
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401

Sandburg Tech Squad

The Sandburg Tech Squad's mission is to actively participate and promote knowledge and skills within the information communication technology field throughout our club activities. Members work to become leaders and set examples for the community as professionals in valuing our lifelong learning process while helping and providing services to the whole campus community.

Advisor: Dr. Suvineetha Herath, 309.341.5269 or sherath@sandburg.edu

For a list of all student organizations, click here