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CNIT - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS BY CNIT STUDENTS

Registering for classes

  1. If you are not a registered student for CCSF
  2. Current CCSF Students

Counseling Tips for CNIT Major Degree and Certificates

  1. Can I use credits of classes taken as P/NP towards my Degree or Certificate?
  2. How can I get my unnoficial transcript?
  3. Who should I contact if I need counseling?
  4. Any extra information about certificates?
  5. Important information about CNIT 131H - Introduction to HTML and CSS - course

Computer Labs

  1. Where are the computer labs located on the Ocean campus?
  2. What types of activities can I do at each computer lab?
  3. What hours is each computer lab open?

ESL - English as a Second Language for CNIT

  1. Is there an ESL program for CNIT Students?

Wireless on Campus

  1. What do I need to do to get free wireless access at the Ocean Campus?
  2. Where are the wireless hotspots on the Ocean campus?

Software - Free and Discounted

  1. What software deals are available for CNIT students?
  2. How do I download the Microsoft software?

CCSF Gmail Account

  1. How do I obtain a CCSF Gmail account?
  2. What is my CCSF Gmail account password?
  3. Where on the Internet do I go to log into my CCSF Gmail account?

Password Reset

  1. How do I get my hills password reset?
  2. How do I get my Insight password reset?

Associate Science (A.S.) Degree

  1. What are the requirements for the A.S. degree in CNIT?
  2. What are the CNIT options for the A.S. degree?
  3. Which CCSF counselors can provide me with more guidance on the A.S. degree?

Industry Certificates

  1. What are industry certificates?
  2. Which industry certificates do CNIT classes prepare students for?

CNIT Certificates

  1. What certificates does the CNIT department offer?
  2. What is the difference between an industry certificate and a CNIT department certificate?

Job Outlook

  1. How much can I make?

Special Events

  1. When is the CNIT department certificate and A.S. degree ceremony/party?
  2. What is the CNIT students wall of fame?
  3. What major technology conferences are hosted in San Francisco?

CNIT Alumni/Sponsors/Partners

  1. How do I get on the CNIT alumni list?
  2. Who do I contact if I would like to donate, sponsor, or partner with the CNIT department?

 


 

If you are not a registered student for CCSF

You can follow the steps at the CNIT page (Steps for Prospective CNIT Students).

 

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Current CCSF Students

You already have your Student ID and you want to register for CNIT classes. You can follow the steps at the CNIT page (Steps for Prospective CNIT Students) for current CCSF students.

 

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Can I use credits of classes taken as P/NP towards my Degree or Certificate?

Classes taken as P/NP will NOT count as credit towards an A.S. degree or a certificate and instructors cannot change it back to grade. There is nothing that can be done by the instructors or department chair.

 

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How can I get my unnoficial transcript?

Login to your Web4 account using your student ID and PIN number
Click on the option for Student Services & Financial Aid & EOPS
Click on the option for Student Records
Click on the option for View Your Unofficial Transcript
Click on the Submit button and then print your Transcript

 

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Who should I contact if I need counseling?

New Student Counseling Department
Counselors work with any student with less than one year of college or with less than 24 units. Counselors provide orientation to students in both credit and non-credit who are new to the college; guide students in the development of their educational plan; lead students to essential support services; and assist students with eprsonal concerns and the development of good study skills. NSCD counselors can assist students to discuss requirements for a certificate, degree, or transfer to a 4-year institution at any of the CCSF campuses. For more information or to make an appointment please call the number at the campus you are attending or plan to attend: Ocean - 415-239-3296; Civic Center - 415-561-1875; Chinatown/NB - 415-561-1850; Downtown - 415-267-6053; Evans - 415-550-4440; John Adams - 415-561-1955; Southeast - 415-550-4320

Continuing Student Counseling Department
Counselors work with any student who has completed a year of college or 24 or more units and assist students with transfer, graduation, choosing a major, re-entering college, changing careers and more. For an appointment, please call 415-452-5235; Offices: MUB 39, Cloud 207, and Arts 201

 

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Any extra information about certificates?

Certificates are NOT awarded automatically - you need to fill out a form that you can find at the Conlan Hall E-107
It is good to fill out one form for each certificate you are requesting and with the exact name of the certificate you are requesting
You will need the signature of the Head of the CNIT Department, on the petition form, only if you need to waive or substitute a course
Each semester there is a due date for filling out and delivering those forms - you should pay attention to the academic calendar for those dates
It's advisable to fill out the form(s) in the semester you are completing the courses for the AS Major or certificate(s)

 

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Important Information about CNIT 131H - Introduction to HTML and CSS - course

The CNIT 131H is a 1-unit course that may be used as a substitute for the CNIT 131 - Internet and Introduction to HTML - class but ONLY for the Web Development Techniques Certificate. This new course CANNOT substitute CNIT 131 for the AS Degree.

 

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Where are the computer labs located on the Ocean campus?

The CNIT department is offering 2 open computer labs:
rooms Science 37 and Science 214.

There are also general use computer labs available in Batmale Hall room 301 (ACRC) and in the Rosenberg Library room 207 (Learning Assistance Center - LAC).

 

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What types of activities can I do at each computer lab?

Science 37 A+ test preparation
CISCO
Microsoft Office 2007 (no printing)
MyITLab (for CNIT 100 students)
Wireless setup for CCSF Downtown, Evans, and Ocean campuses
Science 214

Installation and troubleshooting practice for Windows OS including Vista, XP, Server 2003 (reserved for students enrolled in CNIT 101, 102, 335, 340, 341 only)

Ethical hacking practice (reserved for students enrolled in CNIT 123 only)
ACRC 126 PCs and 48 Macs, printing capability, general computer use, Office 2003
LAC General PC computer use, printing capability, ESL practice files and software

 

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What hours is each computer lab open?

The hours for Science 37 are: Currently not opened due to budget cuts

Click here for Science 214 lab hours and information.

Click here for the ACRC Hours

Click here for the LAC hours

 

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Is there an ESL program for CNIT Students?

The ESL Partnerships program offers study groups for multilingual students in CNIT courses. Students will be working on several skills such as: reading comprehension of textbooks; vocabulary for CNIT and general reading/listening comprehension; oral communication and pronunciation.
Students should contact Laura Walsh of the ESL Department by email (lwalsh@ccsf.edu) or telephone 415-452-7139 to schedule an appointment.

 

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What do I need to do to get free wireless access at the Ocean Campus?

 

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Where are the wireless hotspots on the Ocean campus?

A list of the wireless hotspots can be found on the CCSF WiFi Website.

 

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What software deals are available for CNIT students?

NOTE: You will need a CCSF id card.

DreamSpark - free downloads of Microsoft products for CNIT students only - access is renewed every semester after the last day to add to classes
Microsoft Office (PC & Mac) - extremely deep discount for all CCSF students
Adobe software - extremely deep discount for all CCSF students
McAfee Antivirus software - instructions for free download of virus protection software for PC and Mac
Secure Shell FTP Client - look for sshSecureShellClient-3.2.9.exe near the bottom of the list

 

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How do I download the Microsoft software?

DreamSpark can be accessed at: DreamSpark Website

Your user ID is the e-mail that you have officially registered with City College - you can check which e-mail address has been set as Preferred by login at your Web-4 account - then select Personal Information and then select View E-mail Address(es) (Example: flast01@mail.ccsf.edu)

Your password is provided by Microsoft. It was sent by e-mail to your email officially registered with City College. See below for login instructions for logging into your CCSF Google Mail account. Students will only receive this password after the last day to add to classes.

Important information about Microsoft software downloads

If you received this offer in the past, you will not find a new e-mail each semester from DreamSpark. Only new CNIT students receive the DreamSpark e-mail

With some of the Microsoft software you have the option to receive a CD (for a small fee, approx. $12) or to download from the Web for free.

You can only receive one option, either a CD or a download.

If you want to receive a CD, DO NOT attempt to download the software from the website. Instead you should choose the receive CD option first and then enter your credit card number. Here are instructions on how to purchase, download and create an installation CD/DVD.

If you choose to download a program, it is usually a disk image of the installation program that must be expanded to a CD or DVD.

  • Warning! It is a big step to upgrade your operating system. Make sure your hardware is compatible and that you have a backup of important programs and data in case something goes wrong.

 

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How do I obtain a CCSF Gmail account?

Starting Fall 2009, all credit students have the option to receive a CCSF Google email account, however, students may choose another email account as their Preferred CCSF email account.

Your username and initial password can be found in Web4, the CCSF online registration system. Login to Web4 and go to the "Personal Information" page. Locate the link at the bottom of the "Personal Information" page with your Google username and initial password.

Your username is based on the first initial of your first name, up to 7 letters of your last name, and maybe a number. See the New mail.ccsf.edu login name infomation from the CCSF ACRC for information.

To access your CCSF Google email, go to https://mail.google.com/a/mail.ccsf.edu/

Enter your username (do not include the @mail.ccsf.edu) and your password. The first time you log in, you will be asked for two items: your preferred language and to duplicate the security text picture. If you agree to the terms and conditions, click on the "I accept. Create my account" button to create your account.

To change your password, log into CCSF Google Mail with your username and initial password, as shown in Web4. Click the "Settings" link in the upper right corner of your CCSF Google Mail account. In your settings. click the "Account" link. The "Change Password" setting is located at the bottom of the page.

 

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What is my CCSF Gmail account password?

Your username and initial password can be found in Web4, the CCSF online registration system. Login to Web4 and go to the "Personal Information" page. Locate the link at the bottom of the "Personal Information" page with your Google username and initial password.

To change your password, log into CCSF Google Mail with your username and initial password, as shown in Web4. Click the "Settings" link in the upper right corner of your CCSF Google Mail account. In your settings. click the "Account" link. The "Change Password" setting is located at the bottom of the page.

Your username is based on the first initial of your first name, up to 7 letters of your last name, and maybe a number. See the New mail.ccsf.edu login name infomation from the CCSF ACRC for information.

 

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Where on the Internet do I go to log into my CCSF Gmail account?

https://mail.google.com/a/mail.ccsf.edu/

 

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How do I get my hills password reset?

Since every 100 days you are required to change your password, it is very likely that you will forget your latest password. You have 3 chances to get into your hills account or your e-mail account. If you make 3 failed attempts, you will automatically be locked out of your account and you will need your password reset.

There is only one place to go to get your password reset: the ACRC lab. Please see the hours above. Your instructor does not have administrative rights to hills and therefore can not reset your password for you. You may ask your instructor for help, but he/she may advise you to go to ACRC.

 

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How do I get my Insight password reset?

If you forget your password, you should first try the "Forgot Password?" link in the Login block on the main Insight login page. Your password will be e-mailed to you. If that does not work, then you can e-mail your instructor. Your instructor does not have the ability to reset your Moodle password, but he/she can contact the person who can. This may take a few days.

 

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What are the requirements for the A.S. degree in CNIT?

Completion of the required General Education courses + 21 units of CNIT courses with a grade of C or better. The 21 units of CNIT courses is made up of 12 core course units and 9 elective units.

The 12 core coure units are CNIT 103, 106 or 201E, 131, and 120.
The 9 elective units are specific to your CNIT option, which you personally pick.

 

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What are the CNIT options for the A.S. degree?

The CCSF catalog lists all the CNIT course options for the A.S. degree.

 

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Which CCSF counselors can provide me with more guidance on the A.S. degree?

Students should go to the Creative Arts Building room 201 and look for Sarah Thompson, or Patty Chong-Delon, or Sonna Hayes.

 

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What are industry certificates?

Industry certificates have been developed by technology vendors such as Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, and Novell and by vendor neutral companies such as CompTIA.

An industry certificate is earned after successful completion of one or more standardized exams, which can be taken at testing centers around the world. The industry certificates were created to help verify an employee's or potential employee's technical knowledge. Passing an industry cerificate exam clearly states to a recruiter or manager that the person infront of him/her has at least a certain level of knowledge in Microsoft products or Cisco products or computer repair. With all being equal an individual with an industry certificate is more likely to be hired over an individual without one.

Furthermore, an individual with an industry certificate tends to earn slightly more than an individual without one. At some companies an idividual who passes an industry certificate exam automatically earns a pay increase.

 

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Which industry certificates do CNIT classes prepare students for?

A complete list can be found on the industry certificate page of the CNIT Department.

 

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What certificates does the CNIT department offer?

 

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What is the difference between an industry certificate and a CNIT department certificate?

CNIT department certificates are earned after the successful completion with a grade of C or better of the required CNIT courses. Industry certificates are earned after the succssful completion of an examination developed or approved by CompTIA, Cisco, or Microsoft. These exams are given at a special testing center (see the previous question). CNIT courses help prepare students to take the industry certification exams but an industry certification is not earned until the successful completion of the exam at the testing center.

 

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How much can I make?

Computer World's 2009 Salary Survey: Staff and Entry-level Positions
CertMag's 2009 Salary Survey
salary.com
Information about the CNIT Programs, Positions, and Salaries

 

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When is the CNIT department certificate and A.S. degree ceremony/party?

The CNIT department certificate and A.S. degree ceremony/party is being planned. Date to be announced in the Google Calendar of the Department.

 

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What is the CNIT students wall of fame?

The CNIT Students Wall of Fame is a web page maintained and coordinated by Abigail Bornstein to recognize the CNIT students that have passed any industry certificate exam.

If a student has received an industry certificate, he/she just needs to e-mail to Abigail (abornste@ccsf.edu) a screen shot of his/her certification and he/she will be added to the list. This student would also be invited and recognized at the next CNIT ceremony

 

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What major technology conferences are hosted in tne San Francisco area or other parts of CA?

Macworld Expo
Game Developers Conference
Web 2.0 Expo
LinuxWorld Conference & Expo
Intel Developer Forum
Oracle OpenWorld
Adobe MAX User Conference (Los Angeles)
Wireless I.T. & Entertainment
VoiceCon

 

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How do I get on the CNIT alumni list?

Please send an e-mail to cnit@mail.ccsf.edu.
Subject: CNIT Alumni List
Body --> My name is ??? and I would like to be added to the CNIT alumni list.

 

Who do I contact if I would like to donate, sponsor, or partner with the CNIT department?

Please send an e-mail to cnit@mail.ccsf.edu or contact the Department Chair directly.

 

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