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The Introduction to Computer Information Technology certificate is designed to prepare students for careers that require the understanding and use of computer technology. The certificate offers a balanced set of classes that enables students to become proficient with business software such as Word, Excel and Access; implement security techniques to protect computer systems from malware, maintain a computer using utility programs, and create web sites. Emphasis is placed on developing formatted documents using spreadsheets to enter, calculate and graph data; using a database to store and retrieve data and to create forms, reports and queries; protecting a computer’s hardware and software, and using HTML and web page editors to create and publish multimedia web sites. Students will demonstrate the ability to use software to solve business problems and create commercial web sites. Although the completion of this certificate may not qualify a student for a job in the computer industry, it would complement a degree such as business or engineering that requires computer skills.