June 2013, Volume 17, Number 2

Academics

New Tech Degree Opens Avenues to Success

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Leading the charge to up-skill the next generation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and propel our nation forward, Miami Dade College’s School of Engineering and Technology is proposing a new baccalaureate degree that will position graduates for hot jobs in the fast-paced world of information technology.

The new Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology (B.S.-IST) builds on the College’s already well-established offerings in related areas, including a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology, as well as Associate in Science and Associate in Arts degrees and college credit certificates in various tracks of engineering and technology.

“There is strong evidence of interest from employers and students alike that this degree is both wanted and needed,” said Dr. Richard White, director of the School of Engineering and Technology. “Through this program, the College will be responding to the strong workforce demand in South Florida and beyond for baccalaureate-prepared information systems technology personnel who possess vital, practical, hands-on experience.”

U.S. demand for computer and information systems managers is so high and the shortage of such skilled workers so severe that major tech companies have been importing workers from abroad to fill positions. The new B.S.-IST would help keep those jobs at home and provide a steady stream of graduates ready to take on roles as IT/IS managers, programmers, database administrators, network systems designers, network administrators, systems analysts and programming/system managers. With average annual wages in these occupations currently ranging from $74,000 to $125,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, graduates have excellent prospects for promising and lucrative careers that will have a lifting effect on their families, communities and the national economy.

— MR


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