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Fast Track Computer Support Specialist Degree

Earn a Computer Support Specialist Associates Degree in 15 months.

Contact Us

Email: fasttrackprograms@cnm.edu

Phone: (505) 224-3811

CNM Ingenuity has partnered with CNM’s School of Business and Information Technology to offer an accelerated Degree in Computer Support Specialist. You can earn this Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in less than two years.

The program is designed with the busy professional in mind. Therefore, the classes are primarily offered in 7 week blocks with the exception of a few courses. By taking classes in the evening and online, you can complete your degree quicker.

Our Cohort Model of learning coupled with our team of faculty make it possible to complete your degree in less time than a traditional education system. Our faculty are highly qualified and have a background working in the industry. 

Student Perks

  • Registration is done for you each term and your classes are guaranteed to be offered each term.
  • You receive a Windows computer laptop.
  • E-books are embedded in each course.
  • Dinner is provided before each face-to-face class session, from 5 – 5:30 pm.
  • Centrally located parking is provided.
  • Support and mentorship provided throughout the program from:
    • Former students
    • Faculty
    • Staff
    • School Advisor
    • School Achievement Coach
    • CNM Job Connection Services

Dates

The Computer Support Specialist Fast Track Program starts every Fall Term. We are now accepting applications for Fall 2019. Please check back for  Important dates.
 

Important Dates

Fall 2019
  • Application Deadline: Monday, July 22, 2019 
  • Mandatory Orientation: Tuesday, August 27, 2019
  • First Day of Class:  Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Information Sessions

  • Thursday, September 13th 5:30-6:30pm, Main Campus, Smith Brasher (SB) 102   
  • Wednesday, September 19th 12:00-1:00pm, Main Campus, Smith Brasher (SB) 102   
  • Wednesday, October 17th 12:00-1:00pm, Main Campus, Smith Brasher (SB) 102   
  • Wednesday, October 24th 5:30-6:30pm, Workforce Training Center (WTC) 106
  • Thursday, November 1st 5:30-6:30pm, Workforce Training Center (WTC) 106
  • Wednesday, November 7th 5:30-6:30pm, Workforce Training Center (WTC) 106
  • Wednesday, November 14th 12:00-1:00pm, Main Campus, Smith Brasher (SB) 102   
  • Thursday, December 6th 5:30-6:30pm, Workforce Training Center (WTC) 106

Cost

The cost for the Computer Support Specialist Fast Track is $8,699. This includes all tuition, fees, textbooks and other perks noted above. 

Financial Aid

Fill out a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) and contact a CNM Financial Aid advisor.  We accept all forms of Federal and State financial aid, including Pell Grant and Student Loans. We also accept the following payment methods:

  • VA Benefits
  • Employer Tuition Reimbursement/Remission
  • 3rd Party Pay
  • Self Pay
    • Payment Plans available

TechHire

Students between the ages of 17-29 may qualify for the TechHire program and receive funding for the CSS Fast Track Program. For more information about TechHire please visit their website or visit them on Facebook

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Admission and Applications Requirements

Applying to the CIS Fast Track program is a four-tiered application process:

1. Apply to CNM.

Transcripts from any previous colleges that you may have attended should be submitted.

2. Take the Accuplacer test for appropriate placement for college level courses.

If you took the Accuplacer in within the past five years, these scores can be considered for accurate placement. If it has been longer than five years, or you have never taken the Accuplacer, or you wish to retake it for better scores, you can do so at the Assessment Center at any CNM campus.

 

The CSS Fast Track Program requires the below minimum Accuplacer Assessment scores or course equivalents.  

Reading & Writing Combine (IRW) score of 166 or higher

Elementary Algebra score of 104 or higher

3. Apply to the CIS Fast Track program: You must submit the online application along with a Participation Essay. This essay is used in part to determine eligibility for acceptance to the program. You should discuss your background, your current work experience and your goals – things that motivate you to be involved in this accelerated program.

Educational Opportunities

The Associate of Applied Science in CIS with a concentration in Computer Support Specialist (CSS) is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business School Programs (ACBSP). For more information about transfer options, contact the School Advisor for CNM’s School of Business & Information Technology at (505) 224-3811.

Employment Prospects

Contact CNM’s Job Connection Services for Gainful Employment information related to the Fast Track Associate Degree program.

Class Schedule

Classes are held two nights a week from 5:30 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. and also include online work.

  • Fall Cohort Nights: Tuesday and Thursday
  • Spring Cohort Nights: Monday and Wednesday

Program Courses

Class Pre-Requisite – IT 1010 (Must take before the programs begins)

The following courses are included in the program and required to complete your degree.

BA 1101 – Introduction to Business
BA 1131 – Business Professionalism
BIO 1010/1092 – Biology for Non-Majors/Lab
CIS 1173 – Excel Complete
CIS 1183 – Access Complete
CIS 1275 – C++ Programming
CIS 1410 – IT Essentials
CIS 1415 – Network Essentials
CIS 1513 – Database Design & Introduction to SQL
CIS 1610 – Configuring Windows Client
CIS 1680 – Linux Essentials
CIS 1715 – Overview of Web Technologies
CIS 2670 – Computer Security
CIS 2999 – Capstone
COMM 2221 – Interpersonal Communications Studies
ENG 1101 – College Writing
ENG 1119 – Technical Communications
MATH 1315 – College Algebra
IT 1010 –  Fundamentals of Information Literacy and Systems
PM 1130- Project Management
PSY 1105 – Introduction to Psychology

If you have questions about the sequence of courses or meeting prerequisites, please contact the BIT School Adviser.

Location of Classes

Workforce Training Center
5600 Eagle Rock Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113 (map)

Questions

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