Information Technology Degree Faculty

Christa Donato, M.S.

Christa Donato

Christa Donato

IT Assistant Professor and CBE Coach

M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Argosy University
M.A., Technology in Education, Rosemont College
B.S., Elementary Education, West Chester University

Subject Areas: Information Technology

Education is not only a personal goal that is extremely important to Christa Donato, but she also strives to help others succeed in achieving their education goals as well. Her teaching journey began when she became an elementary education teacher in 1998. Although, if you spoke to her family, they would likely tell you that she also wanted to play school when she was younger. Through her career of teaching, working for Sylvan Learning Center and teaching in Florida, Christa continued her education by obtaining two master's degrees. Upon completing her second master's degree, she obtained a position as an adjunct professor teaching IT classes. That's when she fully realized that higher education was her true passion.

Christa started working at Peirce College in March 2016, when she was hired as the CBE Coach. The CBE program at Peirce started in September 2016 and was an amazing opportunity that allowed Christa the opportunity to assist in developing key components that impact students. Working in higher education and the adult student population has been very rewarding for not only Christa, but for the success of her students. Her ultimate goal is to provide her students with the guidance they need in achieving their goals, obtaining their degrees and in securing a position in their field!

Contact Christa Donato, M.S.: cdonato@peirce.edu

    Peirce College's full-time Information Technology degree professors will teach you the theoretical and practical lessons needed for a successful career in Information Technology. Our on-campus and online IT degrees have two concentrations for students to choose from: Networking, Administration and Information Security or Programming and Application Development.

    Networking, Administration and Information Security

    Our Networking concentration faculty begin the program by teaching students about maintenance, upgrade and repair of PCs, and their exam objectives are related to CompTIA's A+ certification. In your other introductory courses, the professors will teach you networking fundamentals like data communications and implementation of transmission media, LANs and WANs, network interconnections, network management and protocols. They'll also help you to develop a basic understanding of network security concepts, data communication security, infrastructure security and cryptography.

    Later in the program, the faculty will give you a comprehensive overview of the features and functions of a Microsoft Windows Server-based network and teach courses around wireless network security, help desk and customer support, Linux administration and network routing, switching, security and defense. In your capstone course, the faculty will guide you through a case study that tasks you with designing and implementing a network and developing a security plan for it.

    Programming and Application Development

    Knowledgeable an talented coders are in demand right now, with no signs of that demand slowing down. Peirce's Programming and Application Development faculty will teach you how to code and nurture the abilities of those who already have a programming background. First, you'll learn application software and computer programming basics needed to meet modern organizations' technology needs.

    Next, our faculty equips students to determine the customer's needs and to design and implement systems-based solutions. They'll teach you application development in the .NET environment involving courses in ASP, SQL, XML and the component object model for application development. Peirce's Programming and Application Development degree faculty will also prepare you to become a well-rounded IT professional by exploring lessons in systems analysis tools such as Microsoft Project and Visio. Finally, they'll challenge you to build a working program or prototype to demonstrate practical programming skills and knowledge.

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