You are both creative and analytical, a natural problem solver who is curious and enjoys working on complex, technology-related systems. Mid offers three distinct CIS Pathways: Software DevelopmentIT Infrastructure & Cybersecurity, and Game Programming.

Hand-on, Real-world Training

You will practice on real technology in our hands-on labs while you learn the principles and theories behind these quickly evolving fields. Mid graduates find work as computer support specialists, network administrators, programmers, cybersecurity specialists, and software developers.

Job Outlook
  • $59K
    Median Salary for Michigan (Computer Network Support Specialists)
  • $101K
    Median Salary for Michigan (Software Developers)
  • 8%
    Growth in Michigan Jobs (Computer and Information Systems Managers)

High-Demand, High-Skill

Are you both creative and analytical? A natural problem solver who is curious and appreciates being challenged? If so, a future in information systems could ideal for you. Information systems skills open doors to a number of professional careers that allow for meaningful growth and advancement. Our graduates find work as network and IT infrastructure administrators, as well as technicians, programmers, and software developers. With on-the-job experience, career advancement follows.

Fast career entry

Our Associate Degrees in CIS can be earned in less than two years when you attend full-time, and now you can choose to focus on IT Infrastructure & Cybersecurity or Software Development.


Learning beyond the classroom

Becoming a capable technician means practicing--not simply reading a book. As a CIS student at Mid, you'll learn on real equipment in our hands-on labs, practice skills on Cisco routers, switches, and simulators, and be well-prepared to enter careers immediately after graduation. Plus, learn beyond the walls of Mid by participating in industry tours and meeting professionals engaged in this evolving field.

IT Infrastructure & Cybersecurity

NEW! This pathway is 100% online starting in the fall 2023 semester! Mid's Information Technology Infrastructure & Cybersecurity Pathway prepares you to maintain information technology (IT) components that are the foundation of an IT service. These components are typically physical components (computer, networking hardware, and facilities), but also include various software and network components. Cybersecurity-specific courses within the pathway prepare you to protect those components and IT services from hacking which results in data being compromised.

Software Development

Mid's Software Development Pathway prepares you for a career that involves designing, creating, and implementing computer applications. You'll also develop skills to assist you with analyzing clients needs and creating software based solutions. A software developer is a problem-solver who helps to create IT solutions to business problems.

Game Programming

Mid's Game Programming Pathway allows you to gain the skills needed to write code for video games. Game Programmers work closely with game designers, who design the art, soundscape, and overall player experience. In some companies, the game programmer and game designer duties overlap, with everyone on the team contributing to game design and functionality.

Mid is proud to be an official, recognized Cisco Networking Academy, a designation given to educational institutions who meet high-level industry standards. Find out why so many people working in information systems say that attending a Cisco Academy was one of the best professional decisions they ever made.

Our graduates can explore a number of career paths including

Computer Support Specialists assist technology users when they experience difficulties. These professionals trouble-shoot and find solutions quickly.

Network Administrators/Technicians are responsible for the daily maintenance, upkeep and operation of computer networks, which includes handling the physical elements of the network.

Programmers create code that allows applications and software to fulfill specified functions.

Computer Support Specialists

Network Administrators

Software Developers

Information Security Analysts

Cisco Networking Academy

Mid Michigan College is an official Cisco Networking Academy site.

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As part of achieving your associate degree, you also earn three Cisco certifications.

Why do Cisco certifications matter?

Cisco is the largest designer and manufacturer of networking systems and equipment. Having formal certifications on these systems gives you a leg up in the industry by proving that you have hands-on experience dealing directly with Cisco technology. 

How do you get your Cisco certifications?

Select CIS courses at Mid result in Cisco certifications. Simply holding these certifications positions you for entry-level careers. Complete your associate degree from Mid, and you'll increase your employability even more!

Hear what people have to say about the Cisco Networking Academy.

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Industry-Recognized Certifications

You may be wondering how employers will know what skills you've mastered by completing your degree at Mid. To highlight these skills, Mid has partnered with a variety of organizations to award industry-recognized skill certifications.

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Industry-recognized certifications provide a return on your education investment through hands-on training using state of the art tools and equipment. As a CIS student, you'll be prepared to earn these certifications after you complete your Mid courses.

CIS Industry-Recognized Certifications

CompTIA is the world's leading tech association which provides networking opportunities, original research, programs and certifications that set industry standards, and skill building solutions to its members.

  • This certification allows you to develop a broad understanding of the IT field and can help you decide if a career in IT is good fit for your interests and skills. You'll experience common IT tasks such as using features and functions of common operating systems to establish network connectivity, identifying common software applications and their purpose, and using security and web browsing best practices.

By earning this certification you will be able to perform the following skills as an IT professional.

  • Design and Implement Functional Networks
  • Configure, Manage, and Maintain Essential Network Devices
  • Use Switches and Routers to Segment Network Traffic and Create Resilient Networks
  • Identify Benefits and Drawbacks of Existing Network Configurations
  • Troubleshoot Network Problems
  • Support the Creation of Virtualized Networks

  • This certification is recognized globally and ensures you have the baseline skills necessary to successfully perform cybersecurity-related IT functions. Through hands-on training you'll be better prepared to solve a wider variety of issues connected to the latest trends and techniques in risk management, risk mitigation, threat management, and intrusion detection. Plus, more employers choose CompTIA's Security+ certification for Department of Defense 8570 compliance than any other.

  • CompTIA PenTest+ is the only penetration testing certification that includes both hands-on, performance-based questions and multiple-choice, to ensure you possesses the skills, knowledge, and ability to perform tasks on systems. PenTest+ certification also includes management skill building so you'll be prepared to plan, scope, and manage weaknesses. PenTest+ is unique because the certification requires you to demonstrate the hands-on ability and knowledge to test devices in new environments such as the cloud and mobile, in addition to traditional desktops and servers.

Cisco is a worldwide leader in IT, networking, and cybersecurity solutions.

  • This certification covers network fundamentals, network access, IT connectivity, IP services, security fundamentals, automation, and programmability. Upon successful completion, you'll have gained basic skills and be ready to take the next step toward your IT degree and career.

  • This certification from Cisco allows you to learn the skills needed to uncover cybercrime, cyber espionage, and other threats to the integrity of networks. You'll learn how to monitor, detect, and respond to cybersecurity threats, and how to analyze and report on such threats using computer forensics

  • By earning this certification you'll develop an understanding of cybercrime, security principles, technologies, and procedures used to defend networks. This knowledge will empower you to decide if cybersecurity is the career that best fits you and your interests.

Linux is a family of open source operating systems - one of the best-known and most-used open source operating systems available today.

  • This certification demonstrates to employers that you have the foundational skills required and that those skills are independently verified. You'll gain an understanding of Linus and the open source industry, the major components of the Linux operating system, and security and administration related topics such as user/group management, working on the command line, and permissions.

Hear from Local Employers!

"We need IT Infrastructure & Cybersecurity technicians and Mid is producing top talent which includes helping students develop the integrity, character, and ethics that are needed in the field. We hire Mid grads and find them prepared for the jobs of today, tomorrow, and beyond."

- Ken Chinavare, Technology and Operations Director, Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District


“American Mitsuba Corporation has hired several graduates of Mid Michigan College. Each of them has been a great fit for our IS/IT team. The greatest skills they had were a teachable spirit, self-directed learning, and a servant-leader approach to their work. All of these are critical to success. They then learned a lot more about real-world work while serving fellow AMC Associates on the job.”

- David Martin Stevens, Senior Vice President, American MITSUBA Corporation

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"I'm proud of where I'm at and what I am doing. I think it's important for other non-traditional students to know that there are options out there to return to school. Not getting that piece of paper was always my biggest regret, and now I’m achieving that even though I didn't think it was possible before." — Adam, Mid student

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