CIS "Digital Advisor" @ OC

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Getting Started in a Computer Information Systems Program or Certificate

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Advising Dates! (Click to view) +/-

CIS Group Advising between 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm

CIS will be offering an online video based group advising session using Zoom on the following dates:

📺 Zoom link

The first portion will cover various program offerings and academic pathways available for students interested in a career in the Information Technology field. Additional information for contacting CIS faculty for a given program or information for a given class can be found at:

We look forward to assisting you with preparing for registration and developing an academic pathway.


If you do not have Zoom on your computer, you can download it here for free.

BAS-IS Information Sessions

No RSVP is needed, but feel free to email BAS-IS faculty member Rich Becker to let us know you're coming or to set up an individual appointment if you can't make it to an information session:

BASIS Information Sessions in building 12 room 106 (12-106) from 5:30pm to 6:30pm on:

2019 Fall
- Thursday, November 14, 2019
- Thursday, December 12, 2019

2020 Winter
- Thursday, January 9, 2020
- Thursday, February 13, 2020
- Thursday, March 12, 2020

2020 Spring
- Thursday, April 9, 2020
- Thursday, May 14, 2020
-Thursday, June 11, 2020

Earn a BAS-IS degree at OC and equip yourself for a broad range of IT careers. Visit the BAS-IS Web site for more details!

What are your academic goals? +/-

I'm not sure what program I want, I just want to get started... +/-

The following classes are a great way to get started in many CIS certificates. These classes are part of the core requirement for the Associate in Applied Science (90+cr) degree and pathways.

The BIG five classes below will help you build a foundation in understanding, presenting, controlling, communicating, and managing information.

What do I do next? +/-

The following is a brief description of what you need to do to start taking classes at Olympic College. Please consult the Olympic College catalog and contact Enrollment Services for more details at 360-475-7479 or 1-800-259-6718 Ext. 7479 or email to For more detailed information, please see the Olympic College's Getting Started page.

  1. Complete the Application for Admission (online or paper)
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER assessment for math and English placement. The earlier the better.
  3. Contact a CIS faculty or the Advising & Counseling Center for advising needs. The key contact faculty for each pathway or certificate can be found near the bottom of each corresponding page. The Advising & Counseling Center can provide assistance as well, especially during breaks and summer when faculty may not be available. The primary Entry Advisor for all CIS programs is Steve Quinn ( To make an advising appointment contact him directly or call the Advising & Counseling Center at 360-475-7530.
  4. Most classes require a textbook. They can be obtained from the Olympic College bookstore. It is best to have the required text before class begins. The shelves are listed by class with the required text. The staff is very helpful. They can be reached at 360-475-7420 or 1-800-259-6718 Ext. 7420.
  5. Make a note of the day, time, and location of your class. Best to arrive a few minutes before class begins. Some classes meet daily, others Mon/Wed/Fri, others Tue/Thur, some meet on Saturday, many are available online, and some are a mix of ground and online as hybrids. For onlines classes, please check each faculty's Web page for directions to their Web sites.
  6. Make the time to become a great student. Education takes time. As a rule of thumb, for every credit you take, you should expect to spend three hours per week throughout the quarter to give yourself the opportunity to be successful. That is why a full-time student who takes 15 credit hours is called a full-time student. Their educational time is equal to a full-time job of 40 hours or more!