IS&T Breaks College’s Enrollment Records
OMAHA - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) announced today that it is helping meet the urgent demand for qualified information technology (IT) professionals with a record number of enrollments for its undergraduate and graduate programs.
With 359 graduate students, this fall semester marks the first time in the college’s history over 300 students have enrolled in its graduate programs. Combined with an additional 796 undergraduate students, IS&T’s total enrollment has increased to 1,155 students – exceeding last year’s numbers of passing 1,000 students for the first time in a decade. This marks the third year in a row IS&T has maintained a double-digit increase in enrollment.
“We are thrilled by the steady enrollment increase in graduate programs at UNO in general and at our college in particular; this reflects the recent campus efforts in providing students holistic scholarly experiences with a healthy balance of future-looking education programs and exciting research activities. At a time when qualified IT professionals are in urgent demand locally and nationally, the college of Information Science and Technology is privileged that a record number of students are selecting our innovative programs,” explained Dean Hesham Ali. “By offering mentoring programs, unique educational experiences, opportunities to engage in applied research projects and forming close ties with businesses, our students are able to take full advantage of our path breaking model and launch successful careers.”
According to a recent study by the AIM institute, Omaha area companies hired over 2,000 IT professionals in 2012 and 2013, and approximately 55% of Omaha-area IT hires required a graduate IT degree at the time of hire. According to Code.org, IT careers are some of the best paying in the country and jobs are growing at two times the rate of the national average.
With the recent additions of the Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics and the Biomedical Informatics graduate degrees, IS&T has made listening to area businesses needs a priority and continues to ensure its curriculum reflects the changing IT landscape. IS&T also has placed an emphasis on diversifying the IT talent pool, launching the highly successful Women in IT Initiative in 2013 and raising $400,000 to fund initiatives designed to invite more women into the IT landscape. This fall, IS&T launched its pilot afterschool program funded by the Sherwood Foundation, Techademy+, at Lewis and Clark Middle School which has a minority enrollment of 63%, according to publicschoolreview.com. IS&T hopes to launch more programs such as these across the Omaha metro in an effort to invite a wide range of students to discover their future careers in IT.
For questions about IS&T, please contact Amanda Rucker, communications specialist for the College of IS&T, at 402.554.2070
The College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha represents the joint efforts of the University of Nebraska, the State of Nebraska, and private industry to address the growing global needs for knowledgeable professionals in Information Technology (IT). The College was established at UNO in 1996 to meet the growing demand for IT graduates in the Omaha metropolitan and surrounding area.