Associate of Applied Science (AAS) (formerly Computer Desktop/Network Support)

Associate of Science (AS)

In today's digital world, nearly every company requires information security services. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects cyber security related jobs to increase by 28 percent through 2026, which is significantly faster than the average for all occupations. Your education at City College will prepare you for the growing demands of this career field. In addition to cyber security training, you will learn how to provide technical solutions to problems related to hardware and software applications that arise in office settings. This is accomplished through problem analysis using hands-on training, phone service support, and a variety of electronic means to achieve high-level customer satisfaction.  Upon successful completion of the program, you are prepared for a variety of industry certifications, such as CompTIA Cyber Security and Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician.

Program Details

Computer User Support Specialist

Median Wage (MT)* $44, 200 yearly

$21.25 per hour

Median Wage (US)* $50,210 yearly

$24.14 per hour

City College entry-level wages of graduates:
 $28,970 (2014-2017)

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau

Graduate Placement Data 

You will find employment in a variety of settings, such as: 

  • Universities
  • Public or private school systems
  • Hospitals or healthcare organizations
  • Online service providers
  • Retail stores
  • Financial institutions
  • Computer companies, including hardware and software firms

 Examples of where recent City College graduates are working:

  • Cellular Plus, Billings, MT
  • Morrison Maierle, Billings, MT
  • Peterson Quality Office, Billings, MT
  • Montana State University Billings, Billings, MT
  • Charter Communications, Billings, MT
  • CompTIA Cyber Security Analyst (CySA+): IT Fundamentals, A+, Network+, and Security+
  • MCDST (Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician)
  • MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional)


  • First-time college students must have high school diplomas from an accredited high school, a GED/HiSET, or passed the MSUB Readiness Exam offered through our university.
  • Transfer students will need to submit records from all regionally accredited institutions.

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Students who earn an AAS degree and want to further their education are able to go on for a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Degree through MSU Billings.  Students can focus on various thematic concentrations to earn the BAS degree, but one option is Healthcare Administration. Additional education in Health Administration provides a competitive background for computer positions in the rapidly expanding healthcare industry. Contact Advising at 406-657-2240 for further details.


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Students who earn an AS degree and want to further their education are able to go on for a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree. The Cyber Security/Network Technology AS is designed to provide transfer flexibility for students particularly interested in pursuing further education.

Q: Is this program eligible for financial aid and scholarships?

A: Yes! Please visit our Financial Aid and Scholarships website for more information.

Q: What skills are covered in this program?

  • Applications (Microsoft Office)
  • Basic networking, routing (Cisco)
  • Operating systems (Window Server)
  • Troubleshooting and resolving computer issues
  • Cyber security training

Q: Can I complete this program fully online? 

A: No. Some of the courses in the program's curriculum can be completed online, however most of your courses are only offered in-person on the City College campus. You can learn more about online options by speaking with an advisor at Jacket Student Central.

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