The University of North Carolina Board of Governors recently approved a new Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology at North Carolina A&T State University. The new program will become the eighth undergraduate degree program offered by the School of Technology.

“We are excited about the opportunity to expand our undergraduate degree programs in the field of information technology and provide students with the knowledge and technical skills needed to compete in the 21st century workplace,” said Provost Joe B. Whitehead Jr. The program is set to position the university to take full advantage of the tremendous job opportunities available to students that support information technology systems.

“Few programs throughout the country have placed emphasis on training the next generation of students to support mainframes/Enterprise Systems. This degree is a tremendous opportunity for A&T to address the needs of the community and to become one of the top programs in the country with a focus on mainframe education,” said Benjamin Uwakweh, dean of the School of Technology at North Carolina A&T.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a high demand for graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology. In its report spanning the period 2008-2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics purported that by 2018, Healthcare-IT would be amongst the top careers in demand. The report showed an expected jump in demand by 20% to 35,100 jobs over the 10 year period. Additionally, a major automobile manufacturer (General Motors) announced that it will hire 10,000 information technology workers in the next 3-5 years.

“The department of computer science technology decided to focus on the niche area of mainframe education because of its acquisition of a z9 Enterprise system, donated to the University by IBM, and because of the high demand for talent in this area,” said Uwakweh.

The program will be available by 2015. The School of Technology currently offers undergraduate degree programs in in applied engineering technology, construction management, electronics technology, environmental health and safety, geomatics, graphic communication systems, and motorsports technology and graduate programs in Information Technology, technology management and technology education.

For more information about the School of Technology, visit www.ncat.edu.