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AASU to Offer New IT Degree

Savannah, GA - Computer-related jobs have become one of the fastest growing occupations in the region and throughout the nation. In a move to meet the local business community’s need to fill these positions, the Department of Computer Science at Armstrong Atlantic State University will offer certificates and a four-year degree program in information technology. The university received approval from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia to begin offering the new programs this spring.

"AASU has developed the Bachelor of Information Technology in response to a critical need for trained computer professionals in southeast Georgia," said Raymond Greenlaw, head of AASUs Department of Computer Science."

The degree program requires 120-semester hours of coursework in visual basic programming, operating systems, network administration, applied data communications, client/server systems, and database management.

The findings of a January 1998 Georgia Merit System survey of eighteen state agencies indicate that the inability to fill information technology positions with qualified staff is critical. According to Georgia Occupational Trends in Brief: Projections to 2006, the top three fastest growing occupations will continue to be associated with computer technology.

The US Department of Labor predicts an 117 percent increase in employment opportunities in computer and data processing services between 1998 and 2008, making this one of the nation’s fastest growing industries (Career Guide to Industries, U.S. department of Labor).

A certificate program in information technology also has been established to meet the needs of a wider range of students and employers. The Certificate of Information Technology with Applications will be offered at the introductory level with an emphasis in applications. The certificate program requires twelve credit hours of coursework for completion. Students will have the option of earning a more advanced Certificate of Information Technology with Programming by completing two additional courses in computer programming.

"The new programs are designed to prepare students for immediate employment in computer-related positions," said Greenlaw.

The new programs also will serve those already employed in the field and students in the region who want an opportunity to obtain a broad-based degree in information technology with an emphasis on applications.

For more information, contact AASUs Department of Computer Science at 927.5317.

September 17, 2001


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