Monroe Community College has announced the school will offer a new Information and Network Technology A.A.S. degree program, in an effort to give Finger Lakes area workers a competitive edge in the global marketplace.
MCC said the Western New York region is projected to have approximately 410 job openings each year in telecommunications, and; approximately 1,475 industry professionals will approach retirement within the next several years.
In addition, local employers said the new program will also help address local shortages in the IT field.
“Businesses like ours are facing challenges resulting from an ever-increasing reliance on changing information infrastructures,” said Nancy Wahl, an IT director at Eastman Kodak Co. “It would be of great benefit to organizations like ours to have access to a local workforce that has solid training in information technology.”
According to MCC, the program will benefit anyone interested in information and network technologies, including recent high school graduates, returning military veterans, displaced workers, or incumbent workers seeking to upgrade their skills. Officials said students would not need to have previous IT experience.
The college currently offers traditional associate’s degrees in computer information systems, computer science, information technology, and computer systems technology, as well as a certificate in cybersecurity.
However, officials said the new program has been designed for students to gain employment immediately upon graduation, while the former A.S. degree had been intended for students seeking to transfer to four-year schools.
MCC’s new IT courses will be offered both online, and at the Brighton and Damon City campuses.
The school’s fall 2015 semester begins Tuesday, Sept. 8.
Interested individuals can visit www.monoecc.edu, or call (585) 292-2200, for additional information.