Launch Your Career in Information Technology

student with computers
9/28/20

Are you ready to build your knowledge and skills in programming, developing software, network administration or computer forensics? Whether you are new to the field or already a working professional, you can propel your career with the School of Information Technology at Minneapolis College.

“We have the most sought after technical program in higher education thanks to the ease of entry, relevant classes and experienced faculty,” said Ben Weng, dean of the School of Information Technology, who notes the diversity in skill level of students at the college ranges from novice students to experienced IT professionals. “Our classes are stackable so students can start with a semester of work, obtain a certificate and launch their career. They can then continue their education, obtain a degree and enhance their opportunities within the field.”

Extracurricular Activities Build Knowledge and Opportunity

“We are growing real technical talent within the College and it is supported by the vibrant programming inside and outside of the classroom,” said Ben, whose pride is evident when he talks about the clubs and partnerships that strengthen the program. “In addition to a range of coursework, extracurricular activities further build the knowledge and skills of our students.  The Cyber Security Club, for example, is an award-winning team of students who compete with 2 and 4-year colleges, honing their skills around building and securing networks. The Women in Technology Club allows the high percentage of female students enrolled in the program to build their personal networks and share information.”

Ben notes another strength within the program is its partnerships with employers within the city and region. “We have monthly guest speakers from leading industries such as US Bank, and a career and advising day every semester so students can build relationships with local employers,” said Ben who shared how many local businesses hire students from Minneapolis College. “Additionally, scholarships, mentoring and internships create opportunities and build experience.”

Creating Accessibility Through Technology

To meet the technology needs of its students, Minneapolis College kicked off its Digital Learning Program this fall putting fully configured and supported laptop computers, equipped with the latest software to meet educational demands, in the hands of students. The program ensures students who need it have secure, reliable and supportable technology.  The School of Information Technology also offers loaner PCs to further ensure its students have access to relevant technology needed for their coursework.

“Minneapolis College is known for its expertise in online teaching and as COVID-19 shifted our learning. The School of Information Technology quickly moved to offering all of its classes online,” said Ben who sees an opportunity for students to prepare themselves for IT careers by taking online classes. “Our programs and instructors will continue to deliver IT education at the highest standard and in the most student-friendly way.”