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Clarke to Launch Bachelor of Applied Studies Program in Information Technology

posted on December 15, 2009

To help meet the workforce needs of Dubuque’s growing technology sector, Clarke College is pleased to announce the addition of a new bachelor of applied studies (BAS) in information technology program.

This new program, which will be offered through the College’s TimeSaver Adult Degree Program, will begin in January. This is Clarke’s second bachelor of applied studies program, coming on the heels of Clarke’s BAS program in supervision and leadership, which began this fall.

“There is a need in the workforce to prepare technology professionals at the baccalaureate level,” said Scott Schneider, director of adult and TimeSaver programs at Clarke. “Following the success of our BAS program in supervision and leadership, we saw an opportunity to help AAS graduates better leverage themselves for a career in information technology.”
 
Clarke’s bachelor of applied studies in information technology program is open to individuals with an associate of applied science (AAS) degree in any field who are looking to enter the technology industry. In the program, students complete a 60-credit curriculum at Clarke, consisting of general education and computer information systems coursework.  Courses will be delivered entirely in the evenings with a rich blend of on-campus and on-line experiences.

The program will recognize the coursework and technical skills from an AAS degree, accepting up to 64 transfer credits, as opposed to the 16 credits that would normally transfer into a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science program.

Built with input from IT professionals, the bachelor of applied studies in information technology program will expose students to knowledge and skill sets that will make them attractive to employers. Course topics include programming, networking, database concepts, computer security, Web programming, and operating systems. 

“As a software development company, Dubuque Data Services is very excited to hear about the launch of the BAS program at Clarke,” said Colleen Callahan, vice president of operations for Dubuque Data Services. “With the addition of this program, the number of qualified candidates looking for technology careers in the tri-state area will increase.  This becomes a win-win:  Tri-state employers will have a pool of local candidates from which to choose and local career-seekers have more opportunities to remain in the area to live and work.”

Area community College officials agree that this program will provide a significant offering to area students. “NICC students who graduate with an associate of applied science degree will now have an option to complete their baccalaureate degree with a respected College and increase their hiring potential all without leaving the Greater Dubuque Area,” said Curt Oldfield, vice president of academic affairs at Northeast Iowa Community College. “This opportunity will bolster an already strong partnership between NICC and Clarke College.”

Students interested in this program can contact the Clarke College TimeSaver Office at (563)588-6354 or timesaver@clarke.edu.

Media requesting more information can contact the Clarke College Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

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