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School of Trades & Technology

Information Technology

Managing information has never been more important and information technology professionals are in demand,

  • installing applications,
  • designing complex computer networks,
  • developing information databases, and
  • managing systems.

Strong problem-solving and analytical skills are a must, as troubleshooting and helping others are vital aspects of the job. Additionally, since there is constant interaction with other computer personnel, customers, and employees on the job, IT specialists must be able to communicate effectively on paper, through email, and in person.

Complete the certificate in one year, or pursue the diploma, which has two majors:

  • Software and Internet Development (two years)
  • Network and System Administration (two years)

Our program is designed to be flexible. Students will select a major when they apply; however the first semester of the program is common to all so students have the opportunity to change their major at a later date.

A Co-op Program option enables highly motivated students to integrate their academic program with paid, relevant work experience in their chosen field. MHC’s IT programs incorporate all or part of the curriculum requirements for a number of industry certifications including

  • A+,
  • i-Net+,
  • Network+, and
  • various Microsoft Certifications.

The examinations for the respective certifications must still be written independently.

High School Route:

  • ELA 30-1 (min. 50%) or ELA 30-2 (min. 60%)
  • Math 30-1 (min. 50%) or Math 30-2 (min. 65%), or Math 20-1 (min. 65%)

Prior Learning Assessment and Advance Credit

Prior Learning Assessment may be granted for extensive work experience. This must be completed well in advance of the beginning of the program. (See the calendar section on Prior Learning Assessment for more details.) Advance Credit for previous post-secondary training may be possible. Application for Advance Credit must be made through the Office of the Registrar for the courses for which exemption is sought, preferably before the term in which such courses are offered. 

First Year

Fall Semester

  • ITEC 100 - Professional Communications I
  • ITEC 110 - A+ Computer Technology I
  • ITEC 120 - Applied Mathematics
  • ITEC 140 - Programming Fundamentals I
  • ITEC 150 - Application Software

Winter Semester

  • ITEC 130 - A+ Computer Technology II
  • ITEC 145 - Programming Fundamentals II
  • ITEC 155 - IT Systems Support
  • ITEC 170 - Networking Fundamentals
  • ITEC 190 - Web Development I

Second Year

Fall Semester - by Major

Software and Internet Development Network and Systems Administration
  • ITEC 230 - Emerging Technologies I
  • ITEC 270 - Database Management I
  • NETW 290 - Network Administration
  • PROG 210 - Systems Analysis & Design
  • PROG 225 - Intermediate Programming
  • ITEC 230 - Emerging Technologies I
  • ITEC 260 - Applied Technical Support I
  • NETW 200 - Enterprise Networking
  • NETW 220 - Microsoft Server Technologies
  • NETW 290 - Network Administration

Winter Semester - by Major

Software and Internet Development Network and Systems Administration
  • ITEC 240 - Web Server Administration
  • ITEC 275 - Database Management II
  • ITEC 281 - Business and Accounting Principles
  • PROG 245 - Dynamic Web Application Development
  • PROG 280 - Advanced Programming
  • ITEC 240 - Web Server Administration
  • ITEC 265 - Applied Technical Support II
  • ITEC 281 - Business and Accounting Principles
  • ITEC 285 - Security
  • NETW 222 - Advanced Microsoft Server Technologies


A few of the duties that IT professionals perform may include data management, networking, engineering computer hardware, database and software design, as well as the management and administration of entire systems. IT remains a critical aspect of work in all industries and sectors, as well as an industry in its own right. There is continuing demand for qualified IT workers with flexible and portable skills who can readily adapt and respond to ever-changing IT demands and processes.  


Graduates may find employment in:

  • Entry-level Program and Software Development
  • Web Design and Development 
  • Database Development 
  • Software or Computer Sales and Support 

Co-Op education is an integrated approach to higher education that enables bright, highly motivated students to integrate their academic program with paid, relevant work experience n their chosen field. The special Co-Op designation on your diploma testifies to your accomplishments and helps you gain solid work experience.

Information Technology's Co-Op program includes a single work-term of 490 hours (approximately three months), completed in the spring/summer session following the first year of the program. Admission to the program will occur at the end of the first term and is based on your academic standing. Students wishing to enrol in the program must register for ITEC 205. Enrollment in ITEC 291 occurs with the successful obtainment of Co-Op employment. In addition to the regular diploma requirements, completion of ITEC 205 and ITEC 291 fulfills the requirements to receive the Co-Op designation on your diploma. Your grade in the ITEC 291 course is based upon information obtained from your employer's final evaluation, and the interim evaluation by the IT Co-Op coordinator.

Obtaining suitable employment for the IT Co-Op program is ultimately the responsibility of the student, though support is available from IT faculty. Students that find a job on their own must have the job approved through the IT program coordinator.

For more information on the IT Co-Op program, please contact the IT program coordinator

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