Lake Erie College partners with Lakeland Community College to offer Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology Management

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As technology in the workplace continues to grow more complex, information technology (IT) management has become one of the fastest emerging occupations in the United States. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/computer-and-information-systems-managers.htm) reports that the field is projected to grow 15 percent by 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Lake Erie College (LEC) has partnered with Lakeland Community College to help meet the need for IT managers by offering a collaborative new Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Management (BSITM) degree.

As the product of this strategic partnership between the two institutions, Lake Erie College’s new BSITM degree offers undergraduate students at the College the chance to develop their managerial and communication skills while honing important technical competencies in information technology.

“This degree is an outstanding example of how a four-year institution and a community college can collaborate to meet the evolving and dynamic needs of the information technology field,” said Dr. Bryan DePoy, vice president of academic affairs and chief academic officer at Lake Erie College. “It leverages areas of excellence at both institutions.”

The BSITM degree track will combine a majority of coursework on the LEC campus with select information technology courses at Lakeland, providing a comprehensive business core with instruction in various programming languages, systems development and support, database development and administration, hardware and software usage and support, and networking. Students interested in pursuing the BSITM degree must meet all admissions requirements to LEC and declare the BSITM major.

Degree concentrations will be available in application programming and development, computer science/software engineering, database administration, user support, web content development, and operating systems/networking.

“We’re excited to begin offering this opportunity to students this fall,” said Professor Sue Baker, program chair of the Information Technology and Computer Science Department at Lakeland. “Thanks to the collaborative efforts of our institutions, students in this program won’t have to guess what courses they need to take. The plan is mapped out for them!”

The BSITM degree program draws on the strengths of both LEC and Lakeland to deliver a cutting edge educational pathway that meets the needs of students and employers in leveraging the power of information technology for success in the twenty-first century economy. Graduates of this degree track will be prepared to manage the increasingly sophisticated computer networks and intranet systems upon which businesses and other organizations rely.

In addition to the four-year degree, LEC’s BSITM students will have the option of acquiring the Associate of Applied Business degree from Lakeland on their way to completing the BSITM. Many courses in the program count toward both degrees.

Students will also have the option of enrolling in LEC’s 4+1 Master of Business Administration program, by which they can complete the first year of LEC’s MBA coursework during their final year of undergraduate studies. Students pursuing the MBA track may also elect an optional concentration in information technology as part of the master’s program. More information on the 4+1 program is available on LEC’s website: www.lec.edu/mbaoptions.

The BSITM degree at Lake Erie College will be available beginning in the fall 2016 semester. For more information, contact Dr. Robert Trebar, dean of the School of Business at LEC, at rtrebar@lec.edu.  

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