There are several reasons to choose a Computer Science or Information Technology career
Our Computer Science program is for people who want to creatively solve problems. It has a solid theoretical foundation along with mobile app development, gaming, robotics, and software development team projects.
Our Information Technology is the only Information Technology BS degree program of its kind in Nebraska. It is for people interested in working with technology and helping people. It has web development, system administration and security, and general IT degree options.
Our Master of Science in Education Degree is a fully online IT degree through the MSEd Instructional Technology program with a Concentration in Information Technology that meets the State of Nebraska IT supplemental endorsement for teacher certification.
We have 100% placement for dedicated students - with average starting salaries in the $50-60K range in Nebraska. Our programs follow the ACM international standard curricula -- the widely accepted standards for CS & IT degree programs.
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In March 2015, President Obama announced the TechHire Initiative, a campaign that encourages businesses and communities to quickly train people for high-paying technology jobs (www.whitehouse.gov/issues/technology/techhire). Kearney, NE is among 20 communities involved in the campaign. Dan Hoffman, the COO of the nonprofit venture development organization Invest Nebraska, said that Kearney is a good fit for the program because of the area’s “entrepreneurial ecosystem. It has a great university, and I think that it is positioned right at a crossroads in Nebraska for developing more of a technology-based economy.” In collaboration with the State of Nebraska, Buffalo County, and Kearney, Xpanxion and Invest Nebraska have worked to build partnerships with local training institutions to ensure that individuals who successfully complete their programs are connected with IT jobs – like software development and quality assurance work for clients such as The Weather Company, Sony, Red Hat, and Intercontinental Hotel Group. Through this initiative, Kearney will launch a technology incubator that will support high-growth software startups in a rural environment, bringing ideas to a low cost area with access to reasonably priced talent in rural Nebraska.
Congratulations to the UNK CyberDefense students, especially CSIT students Oliver Avande, Doug Perez, Devin McIntyre, and Michale Odell.