Friday, March 10, 2017
New Agreement Provides Direct Path to Degrees and Jobs in Information Technology
(March 7, 2017, Oklahoma City, OK) – Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC) and Oklahoma State University-Institute of Technology (OSUIT) in Okmulgee have partnered to provide a direct educational path for students to earn a bachelor’s degree online in some of the fastest-growing information technology sectors, such as cybersecurity, network infrastructure and software development.
The articulation agreement, also known as a 2+2, provides a seamless process for graduates who earn an associate in applied science degree (AAS) from OSU-OKC’s Information Systems and Technologies programs to work online toward their Bachelor of Technology degree at OSUIT.
“At OSU-OKC, our goal is to provide exceptional education and training that offers a path for students to graduate as quickly as possible with a degree that increases their earning and growing power,” said Rene Hurst, OSU-OKC Information Systems and Technologies department head. “This 2+2 agreement takes away any of the ‘guessing’ for students who want a career in information technology by showing them exactly where they need to go and how they get there to land a job in one of the highest-paying and opportunity-rich fields today and in the future.”
At OSU-OKC, students can earn an AAS in Information Technology that focuses on computer networking and computer forensics/e-discovery, an AAS in Management Information Systems, or an AAS in Computer Information Systems. Once their degree is complete at OSU-OKC, grads easily transfer into the online Bachelor of Technology in Information Technologies at OSUIT allowing them to stay in the Oklahoma City area while they earn their degree. As part of the agreement, students enrolled in the bachelor’s program can continue to use resources at OSU-OKC, such as the library, testing center for certification exams and labs.
Data provided by the Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development shows Computer and Information Systems Managers, Computer Systems Analysts, Information Security Analysts, Computer Programmers, Computer Network Architects and Operations Research Analysts are in demand and among the list of top 100 critical occupations that are crucial to growing Oklahoma’s economy.