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Information Technology

Information Technology students will get hands-on experience through the major’s project based learning environment. IT students will specialize in skills and knowledge about how networks and systems work, and what to do to keep them running. Troubleshooting methods and training techniques will be instilled in students so they can be prepared for the challenges that will face them in the work force.


Information Technologists keep a company’s infrastructure operating.

Careers

Information Technology experts are in high demand. The median income for a Database Administrator in 2017 was $87,020 and is expected to increase by 11% until 2026. The median income for a Security Analyst in 2017 was $95,510 and is expected to increase by 28% until 2026. The median income for a an IT Manager in 2017 was $139,220 and is expected to increase by 12% until 2026. Here are several possible positions and options available in the field of Information Technology:

  • Information director
  • Tester
  • Network administrator
  • Information technology specialist
  • Trainer
  • Technical writer
  • Systems analyst
  • Database administrator
  • Helpdesk personnel
  • IT manager
  • Security analyst

Internships

By participating in internships, students place themselves within a professional environment while generating experience and future opportunity. While internships are not required in this program, students will understand their importance and pursue internship possibilities within Oskaloosa and other surrounding communities. Listed below are local companies who have worked with WPU students as interns:

  • Musco Sports Lighting, LLC.
  • Mahaska Communications Group (MCG)
  • Pella Corporation
  • Army Corp of Engineers
  • Cunningham, Inc.
  • Vermeer Corporation
  • Oskaloosa Community School District

Faculty

Jonathan H. Stevens, M.Ed., M.S.

Assistant Professor of Applied Computer Science 641-673-1251 Email

Steve Rittgers, M.S.

Instructor of Computer Science 641-673-1081 Email

Judy Williams, M.S.M.E.

Assistant Professor of Applied Computer Science 641-673-1053 Email

Organizations

William Penn University’s Computer Club (WPC2) opens its doors to all WPU students regardless of major. Members have the opportunity to travel to the annual SIGCSE Technical Symposium to meet with great computer innovators and enjoy a diverse selection of technical sessions and opportunities for leaning and interaction. WPU2 members also participate in Experience Iowa Technology every fall and graduating seniors are inducted into the Pledge of the Computing Professional.

Facilities

Musco Technology Center (MTC)

WPU opened the doors of the Musco Technology Center in 2008. Within the building, students have access to state-of-the-art equipment and machinery, giving them practical experience before graduation. The Applied Technology Division holds most of its classes here, along with the Digital Communication program.

  • Digital Communication studios
  • Computer Labs
  • Classrooms
  • 88.7 KIGC FM Studio
  • Industrial Technology Labs
  • Faculty Offices
  • Student Lounge
  • Mechanical Engineering Labs

Information is just an abstraction unless technology provides the bridge so we humans can learn and share together.

Jon Stevens, Assistant Professor of Applied Computer Science

Courses

You’ll be taking the following courses as an Information Technology student:

Computer Science/Math Core courses

  • APCS 205 Algorithms & Programming
  • APCS 220 Computer Organization & Digital Circuits
  • APCS 242 Computer & Network Management
  • APCS 265 Systems Analysis & Design Methods
  • APCS 312 Operating Systems
  • APCS 326 Database Mgmt Information Systems
  • APCS 336 Web Programming
  • APCS 360 Software Engineering Project
  • APCS 390 Professional Development Seminar
  • MATH 140 College Algebra/Trigonometry
  • MATH 211 Discrete Mathematics
  • MATH 303 Statistical Methods (or higher Stats)

Information Technology Minor courses

  • APCS 112 Communications Computer Applications
  • APCS 116 G.I.S.
  • APCS 114 Business Computer Applications
  • APCS 215 Visual Programming
  • APCS 242 Computer & Network Management
  • APCS 265 Systems Analysis & Design Methods
  • APCS 311 Networks
  • APCS 326 Database Management Systems
  • APCS 344 Training Practicum
  • ENGL 215 Business & Technical Writing

Information Technology courses

  • APCS 112 Communications Computer Applications or
    APCS 116 G.I.S.
  • APCS 114 Business Computer Applications
  • APCS 215 Visual Programming
  • APCS 311 Networks
  • APCS 344 Training Practicum
  • APCS 346 Information & Security Assurance
  • BUSI 230 Principles of Management
  • ENGL 215 Business & Technical Writing

Digital Leadership Minor courses

  • BUSI 230 Principles of Management
  • APCS 242 Computer & Network Management
  • APCS/BUSI 265 Systems Analysis & Design Methods
  • APCS 360 Software Engineering Project
  • Six hours from the following
  • APCS 112 Communications Computer Applications
  • APCS 114 Business Computer Applications
  • APCS 216 GIS for Decision Makers