Upward Mobility Partnership

The State of Illinois Central Management Services (CMS), AFSCME Council 31 and Lincoln Land Community College’s Mathematics and Computer Science department are active partners with the Upward Mobility Program (UMP) to assist state employees pursuing the Information Services Specialist I (ISSI) job title.

The UMP provides opportunities for state employees to advance into more challenging and higher paying positions. UMP participants begin this process by working with UMP counselors to develop their career plans. A UMP participant will then take a ISSI proficiency exam at a CMS testing center to determine prior technical knowledge. This exam will reveal which, if any, specific exam sections may require additional training and education provided by LLCC.

ISSI exam sections and LLCC course equivalents

Effective fall 2021, the information below associates ISSI exam sections with LLCC course equivalents. UMP counselors, UMP participants and LLCC Student Success coaches can use this information to assist with LLCC registration. For more information about LLCC courses or registration, call Registration at 217-786-2292.

Note: Some LLCC course equivalent descriptions may include a prerequisite or a corequisite course. A prerequisite course must be completed before the listed course equivalent. A corequisite course can be taken before or at the same time as the listed equivalent. If a prerequisite or corequisite isn’t listed, then neither is required for that course equivalent.

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Information processing concepts - Section Introduction to Systems Analysis & Design
LLCC course equivalent: CSC 260 Systems Analysis (corequisite: CSC 105 Computer Applications and Concepts)

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Critical thinking skills - Section Computer Programming Concepts
LLCC course equivalent: CSC 125 Computer Programming Concepts (prerequisite: CSC 105 Computer Applications and Concepts) OR CSC 100 Understanding Technology Today

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Computer systems concepts - Sections Computer Concepts and Computer Systems & Business Applications
LLCC course equivalent: CSC 100 Understanding Technology Today AND CSC 105 Computer Applications and Concepts

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Network and data communications - Section Introduction to Networks
LLCC course equivalent: CSC 130 CISCO IT Essentials

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Application development - Sections Advanced Systems Analysis & Design and Introduction to Microcomputer Programming
LLCC course equivalent: CSC 260 Systems Analysis (corequisite: CSC 105 Computer Applications and Concepts) AND CSC 170 Computer Science (prerequisites: CSC 125 Computer Programming Concepts with a minimum grade of "C") AND MAT 096 Developmental Intermediate Algebra with a minimum grade of "C" or appropriate placement score

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Communication skills - Section Introduction to Composition
LLCC course equivalent: CMN 101 Public Speaking Fundamentals (prerequisite: RDG 098 Basic Reading Skills or appropriate placement score)

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End user support - Section User Support
LLCC course equivalent: CSC 133 Help Desk User Support (prerequisite: CSC 130 CISCO IT Essentials)

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System support - Section Micro Operating & Network Systems
LLCC course equivalent: CSC 132 Operating Systems for Help Desk (prerequisite: CSC 130 CISCO IT Essentials)