You may have heard the phrase before, “find what you love to do and then find a way to make a living doing it.” So this begs the question, “what is your ‘IT’?”
To help answer this question look no further than the technology that surrounds us! Technology is a part of our everyday lives whether it comes in the form of smartphones and tablets or computers and wearable devices. Most of us enjoy the conveniences that technology brings us while others may take it a step further and enjoy tinkering with the electronics and parts that make a device work properly.
If you enjoy technology then why not make a career out of IT (information technology)? Why not learn about network security, programming, mobile app development, web design, or project management in IT – information technology?
In Northwest Louisiana, we are fortunate to have all the right pieces coming together to turn this notion into a reality. Two of the most integral pieces that our area is fortunate to have are increased job opportunities and customized IT educational programs.
The emergence of companies in the area have created more opportunities for IT job seekers than ever before. This past year, Computer Science Corporation (CSC) has posted over 475 job ads for its Bossier City location with many positions requiring only an associate’s degree. As a result, students with Cyber Technology degrees from Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) have been hired as CSC continues to build its next generation of skilled IT workforce.
Lacy Chism, a BPCC Cyber Technology student, shared how the program has helped her. “BPCC is the only school I’ve seen that truly cares for the student beyond the classroom. Not only do you receive a top-notch education that is viable in today’s workforce but you also have the opportunity to participate in programs that teach you how to market yourself for employment. BPCC really goes the extra mile for their students!”
“The demand for IT jobs is continuing to rise in our area and we have worked closely with companies like CSC to meet their needs, fine-tune our programs accordingly, and prepare our students for success in the workplace.” says Sandra Partain, dean of Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at BPCC.
BPCC stood up its Cyber Technology program in 2009 and in six short years has managed to turn the program into one with both quality IT content and hands-on learning.
“Students in our Cyber Technology program can expect to intern with local IT partners, participate in student success workshops, engage with faculty in a small classroom setting, and participate in mock interviews with IT employers,” adds Paul Spivey, Project Advisor and Knowledge Content Lead at BPCC. “These benefits are all geared toward helping students ultimately find a job in the IT field.”
BPCC is an academic partner of Cisco, CompTIA, and Microsoft. These partnerships provide value to students in the form of reduced prices on national industry based certifications, many of which are mapped to BPCC’s Cyber Technology courses. BPCC is also a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance (2-Year Education) through the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. BPCC continues to be ranked among the fastest growing community colleges in the country.
BPCC has become an educational leader in the area of cyber technology, and because of its open enrollment policy, anyone can become a BPCC student and within two years or less be prepared for a successful job in the IT field.
For more information, visit our website at www.bpcc.edu/tem. Those interested in completing an application and enrolling in BPCC’s Cyber Technology program can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 318-678-6468. Online registration for the spring semester continues through January 13th. Classes begin on January 15th.