The most popular answers: graduates with hands-on experience, and graduates who have soft skills such as public speaking.
Using those answers as well as other recommendations from employers,
The new school is home to eight degree programs, whereas before, there were four IT degrees offered within the
It's a statewide initiative to redesign Ivy Tech's computer-related offerings, said
"The degrees were too general," said
Seven of the eight degrees are brand new and come from areas that were once within a single degree, Carroll said. For example, computer information systems is now divided into degrees in software development, informatics and database management and administration.
The other new degrees are cyber security-information assurance, server administration, information technology support as well as network infrastructure. Computer science is a degree that already existed and will stay because it's meant for students to use to transfer, Carroll said.
To start, Ivy Tech Bloomington will offer all the programs except for database management and administration, Carroll said. However, he said students could still take their core classes in
Each of the Ivy Tech campuses will offer some of the programs, but not all of them, based on what works best for their regions, Thurmond said.
Current students will be able to use what they have toward these new degrees, Carroll said.
IT changes quickly, and the former degrees weren't keeping up, Carroll said. So the newer degrees are much more specialized.
"We really upped the rigor on them," Carroll said.
Companies want new hires who have experience installing a server and not just doing it virtually, he said. And they also want people who can make presentations and be able to talk to customers. "The days of the IT person being the geek in the basement are over."
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