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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 2000
SDSM& T ANNOUNCES TWO NEW EMPHASES TO BE AVAILABLE
IN THE FALL 2000 SEMESTER
Beginning in the Fall 2000 semester students at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will be able to enroll in two new emphases offered through the College of Interdisciplinary Studies. Network Administration and Information Technology/ E- Commerce will provide instruction in the latest technologies for a broad- based audience.
“ We have decided to offer these two emphases in an effort to keep up with the demands of today’s technological business- place,” said Dr. Dean Bryson, Dean of the College of Interdisciplinary Studies. “ There is an increasing need for trained individuals in the field of network administration, information technology and e- commerce. If we want to best prepare our students for the workforce, we need to equip them with these necessary skills.”
Students can benefit from the information technology emphasis in a variety of ways. Those pursuing an Interdisciplinary Sciences degree can build their academic plan of study around either emphasis. Other options would be for high school students to enroll in the courses and get a head start learning about information technology. Non- traditional students and individuals currently in the work force are also encouraged to enroll to complement their field of study, or to keep up- to- date with the technological demands in their place of work.
Additionally, students will have the option to enroll in these courses to apply the material to another field. For example, a mechanical engineering student may want to enroll in an information technology/ e- commerce course to have the knowledge necessary to create an internet- based consulting company; or a computer science or computer engineering student may want to enroll in a network administration course to improve their prospects for finding summer employment between their sophomore and junior years. Networks are part of most workplaces, so this emphasis would be applicable to a person in any major who is interested in maintaining a computer network.
With an industry demand for roughly 1.6 million information technology workers this year, the demand for skilled workers far exceeds the number of trained individuals in the field. According to a survey released in March 2000 by the Information Technology Association of America, one job in every twelve will be vacant this year alone. The same survey reports the Midwest is expected to win 35% of the new information technology
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positions, more than any other region. The internet and information technology have become the twin pistons of the national economy and are leaving everything else in the dust.
SDSM& T is simply the best option students have for computer career preparation. Tech now offers preparation for computer careers in three major areas, computer science, computer engineering, and information technology. The Computer Science degree program is the only such program in South Dakota that is accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Commission of the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board. The Computer Engineering curriculum is the only computer engineering program in the state and is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
Placement rates for our graduates have traditionally been very strong, and this is particularly true with the Computer Science and Computer Engineering graduates. With the growth of a strong technology infrastructure in South Dakota coupled with an increased demand for information technology workers this year, placement rates now and in the future will near 100%. In 1999 nearly 100% of the computer science and computer engineering graduates had job offers in hand before graduation with average starting salaries that topped $ 45,000. These graduates accepted offers with companies like Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, as well as with many local companies including Martin and Associates, SCI, RapidNet, and Comuniq among others.
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