Computer Information Systems

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Computer Informations Systems (CIS) offers the following degrees and certificates:

Associate in Applied Science Degree
Cybersecurity
Software Development

Associate in Science Degree
Computer Information Systems
Pre-Computer Science

Computer Technology Certificates
Cybersecurity Technician
PC Software Technician

NW-SCC Cyber Patriot Center

Northwest-Shoals Community College has applied to become a Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity.  Review the tabs below for more information on NW-SCC’s Cybersecurity Program.

NW-SCC Cybersecurity Partners

CompTIA Authorized Academy
Certified Ethical Hacker Certification
IBM Academic Initiative
CompTIA Authorized Partner
Paloalto Networks
EC Council Certification
National Cybersecurity Watch Center
Microsoft Imagine Academy

CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service

CyberCorps: Scholarship For Service (SFS) is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government’s critical information infrastructure.

This program provides scholarships that may fully fund the typical costs incurred by full-time students while attending a participating institution, including tuition and education and related fees.

Additionally, participants receive stipends of $22,500 for undergraduate students and $34,000 for graduate students. The scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation.

Security Tips

Everyone who uses a computer should be mindful of and practice good security techniques on their systems to protect both themselves and the College. The tips mentioned below should be applied by all computer users, even if you do not have extremely sensitive data stored on your computer.

  • Use strong passwords for all of your accounts.
  • Use encryption for file storage where feasible.
  • Protect important documents with a password.
  • Never share your username and password.
  • Do not reuse the same password for all of your important accounts.
  • Automatically receive critical updates.
  • Use antivirus software and verify proper configuration.
  • Back up files as needed.
  • Never open suspicious emails or attachments.
  • Use SSL or https for online transactions.
  • Reformat the hard drive if the owner changes.
  • Follow best e-mail practices.
  • Browse safely.
  • Use a modem and secure operating system, such as Windows 7 or 8 or Mac OSX 10.7 or later.


If you see any suspicious activity on your PC, please report it to the IT department immediately.

NW-SCC CIS/Cyber Security Personnel

Stephen Chandler, CIS Instructor
Phone: 256-331-5234
Email: schandler@nwscc.edu

Jeff James, CIS Instructor
Phone: 256-331-6234 or 256-331-5346
Email: jamesje@nwscc.edu

Teresa Roberson, CIS Instructor and CIS Department Chair
Phone: 256-331-5276
Email: roberson@nwscc.edu