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The Information Technology department at Vance-Granville Community College will launch two new programs this fall: Healthcare Informatics and Cyber Security.

Healthcare Informatics is a program designed to provide students with a foundation in computer technology and information sciences as they apply to supporting decisions in the health care fields. Students will focus on computer software, networks and security, programming and operating systems, and database management, as well as health care topics in medical language, the health insurance industry, and health care laws. Classes will be offered online and in a day program on VGCC’s main campus in Henderson.

The Information Technology department offers a Healthcare Informatics Support Certificate consisting of five classes and 15 credit hours and an associate’s degree which requires the completion of 67 credits. The IT-Healthcare Informatics program is designed for computer professionals, nurses, and health care administration professionals as they prepare to work for health care providers, hospitals and government entities.

Graduates will be eligible to prepare for industry certifications through CompTIA, Microsoft (Microsoft Technical Associate – Database Administration Fundamentals and Microsoft Office Specialists certifications) and the Health Information and Management Systems Society (CPHIM – Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems).

Cyber Security is the first ever program at VGCC offered through the Information Technology department that provides students with training in securing information and defending data within computer systems, including hardware, software and electronic data. The program places an emphasis on classes in network vulnerabilities, cyber-crime activity, and security risk management providing students with highly sought-after skills in ensuring confidentiality, maintaining integrity and availability of information, researching emerging security threats and recognizing vulnerabilities. The curiculum is also aligned with exam material for many industry certifications for IT-security professionals.

The IT-Cyber Security program will be offered at the Franklin Campus in Louisburg. The IT department will offer a 15-credit hour certificate in Cyber Security Support and an associate’s degree consisting of 67 credits. Classes will be offered online through distance education and on campus in a day program. The Cyber Security program is designed for individuals intersted in technology, interacting with computers, and problem-solving and analyzing data and information.

Graduates of Cyber Security will be eligible for positions in information technology specializing in security for a variety of industries; like health care and research, technology firms, banking and finance, military and government agencies. Students will also be encouraged to obtain industry certifications, such as CompTIA Security+, ITF+, Net+, A+, and the *CySA+ Cyber Security Analyst.

For more information about the two new curriculum programs, contact Faith Harris, program head for Information Technology at 252-738-3235.

New students can find admissions information online at www.vgcc.edu/admissions.

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