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Computer Technology

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Computer Technology at ACM provides innovative pathways to student success in the ever changing and dynamic environment of computer science and technology. Maintaining relationships with our educational and business partners throughout the region, we strive to serve our students with quality, relevant instruction and training to meet current and future demands within the computer technology industry and workforce.
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Location: Technology (T) 133

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What will you learn?
  • Our hands-on, personal approach to learning gives you access to the latest software and hardware, skills, and technologies. You'll learn how to…
    • Create working software applications
    • Build computers from the ground up
    • Set up and establish secure networks
    • Explores digital forensics
    • Design websites
    • Create apps for mobile devices
What will you do?
  •  Students in our program can discover a variety of exciting and rewarding careers in the field of computer technology such as:
    • Cybersecurity Specialist
    • Software Developers/Programmers
    • Computer Operators
    • User Support Specialists
    • Web Developers/Web Masters
    • Network Administrators/Technicians
    • Technical Support/Help Desk Operators
    • Database Administrators
    • Computer Systems Analysts
    • Information Security Analysts

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Program Details

Our Computer Technology programs offer you flexible options of study based on your career goals, whether you're seeking a two-year direct entry into a tech career, a letter of recognition for study, a one-year certificate, or courses that transfer easily to a four-year institution.

Our online courses provide you with flexibility, yet we offer a personal touch by giving you access to faculty members and tutors at your local campus when help is needed. You'll also find opportunities for real-world experiences by working with outside clients, businesses, and internships.

Our two-year Associate Degree in Computer Technology offers you four options of study:

Cybersecurity: This option instructs you on how to set up and maintain local, wide area and wireless networks, while you learn the fundamentals of information assurance or network security and administration.

Programming:  This option provides you the skills needed to develop software applications learning the latest programming languages such as PHP, Visual Basic, and Java.

Technical Support: This option teaches you the necessary “soft” skills to work in customer service, along with the technical expertise to troubleshoot and diagnose computer issues.

Web Development:  This option gives you the design skills and programming expertise you need to develop web sites using HTML, cascading style sheets (CSS), and advanced server side technologies.

And our transfer programs in Secure Computing and Information Systems give you the opportunity to begin your studies at Allegany College of Maryland before you transfer to another institution to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems and Secure Computing and Information Assurance.

In addition, our Computer Technology program offers three, one-year certificate programs. These certificate programs can help you develop skills and experiences necessary for a particular job or allow for advancement in a career in which you are already employed. 

One year-certificate programs include:

Applications User Specialist

This certificate program is designed to acquaint the student with computer applications. The training will provide the student with a working knowledge of the latest software applications.

Cybersecurity One-Year Career Program

This certificate program is designed to prepare students for a career in cybersecurity, information assurance or network security and administration.

Technical Support One-Year Career Program

Technical Support and Help Desk operations are an important part of computer operations in almost every company and organization today. Students will examine general technical support concepts, responsibilities and customer service skills. Students will troubleshoot, analyze, identify and diagnose errors, using established processes and procedures.

ACM also offers a Letter of Recognition in Web Page Development. 

A Letter of Recognition (LOR) gives students the opportunity to enhance their computer skills and expand their career opportunities in the area of web page development. Students can also start their educational journey with a Letter of Recognition.  A LOR gives students a chance to explore the possibility of continuing on to earn their one-year certificate or two-year degree.

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Program Goals & Learning Outcomes
Program Goals
  • Students will possess problem-solving skills, especially those required to analyze, design and implement solutions involving the use of a computer.
  • Students will have a thorough understanding in current computing systems and the theoretical aspects of computer science.
  • Challenge students to consider the ethical and social impacts of technology, for responsible action as a professional.
  • Prepare students for current and continued learning in a rapidly changing discipline of computer science and technology.
  • Students will possess the ability to communicate effectively related to topics in computer science and technology in both single and collaborative environments.
Learning Outcomes
  • Successful students will be able to develop solutions to problems that are new to them, and implement these solutions efficiently.
  • An ability to apply mathematics and logic to solve computing problems.
  • Successful students will understand the architecture, organization, programming, security and design facets related to computer science.
  • Students will demonstrate competence in fundamental knowledge of hardware and software.
  • Successful students will recognize the impact of ethical and social issues related to technology.
  • Successful students will acquire current technical knowledge and develop the skills needed for a successful start to careers in the computing industry.
  • Graduates who choose to pursue an advanced degree will receive the education, training, and skills that will make effective progress towards their degree.
  • Successful students will be familiar with ways to gain knowledge and understanding of new developments in computer science and technology.
  • Successful students will be aware of alternatives for continuing education in computer science.
  • An ability to work effectively in small groups on various computing projects.
  • An ability to use oral and written communication effectively in a technological community with clients and other industry professionals.

Meet the Faculty

Our experienced, knowledgeable faculty are excited to share their expertise with you and prepare you to succeed in the diverse, developing, and design field of Computer Technology.

James House, Jr.
Department Chair / Associate Professor

Technology 226

A.A., Potomac State College
B.S., Frostburg State University
M.A./I.D.T., West Virginia University

John A. Bone
Associate Professor

Technology 105

A.A.S., Allegany College of Maryland
B.I.T., American Intercontinental University
M.Ed., Frostburg State University

Dr. Derek Jones

814-652-9528 x6231
Bedford County Campus Room 20

B.S., Secondary Education (Mathematics)
M.S., Computers in Education
Ph.D., Communications Media and Instructional Technology

Jerry Hoover
Cybersecurity / Associate Professor

Technology 222

B.S., Park University
M.S., University of Phoenix
CISSP Security+

Devon Merrill
Associate Professor

Technology 228

BS, UC San Diego;
MS, UC San Diego;
Ph.D., UC San Diego

Richard Soderman
Assistant Professor

Technology 224

B.S., University of Rochester, NY
M.S., University of Vermont


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