Students at Camden County College (CCC) will soon be able to earn a bachelor’s degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) without leaving their campus.
Starting this fall, NJIT will offer a bachelor’s degree in information technology at CCC’s Blackwood campus. CCC students who have earned an associate’s degree in one of five areas – biotechnology, liberal arts, criminal justice, computer-information systems or accounting - can register for the bachelor’s degree.
NJIT and CCC will sign an agreement to offer the new degree program on May 30, 11 a.m., in the conference room in the library at the Blackwood campus. NJIT President Robert Altenkirch and CCC Acting President Raymond Yannuzzi, as well as academic officials from both colleges, will attend the signing.
The new degree program, said Yannuzzi, will allow CCC to better serve not only current students seeking to complete a bachelor’s degree in information technology but also former and future students.
“This new information technology program will enable CCC to provide the cutting-edge curricula for which NJIT is known in a setting convenient to much of South Jersey,” added Yannuzzi. “Our students will have a new route to pursue their studies closer to home, while many of our graduates will be able to return to CCC for study beyond their associate’s degrees. And area residents who have never attended CCC will have a new reason to come to campus.”
Students can complete the accelerated degree program in two years. The evening classes, taught by NJIT professors, will be offered during seven-week semesters.
The NJIT degree in information technology offers students a balanced approach to software and hardware. They can choose from among three concentrations: network security, management or criminal justice and law. The network security concentration will teach students the latest methods for computer security, applied computer operations and security protocols. Students will learn to use cryptography to both transmit and store data safely. They will study how to identify and understand cyber attacks as well as learn methods of security breach prevention.
Those concentrating in management will focus on designing information systems for management, finance and accounting, while those who concentrate in criminal justice will learn to use information technology to enhance computer security and prevent electronic crimes; they will also use computer forensics to investigate electronic crimes as well as general policing techniques.
The three degree concentrations offered by NJIT correspond nicely to CCC’s associate’s degrees. The concentration in network security corresponds to CCC’s associate’s degrees in computer science and computer-information systems. The concentration in management corresponds to the associate in accounting and the concentration in criminal justice and law corresponds to the associate’s in forensic science and criminal justice.
“The NJIT degree in information technology prepares students to work in various fields including information security, multimedia design, information technology (IT) education, entertainment technology and game design,” said Robert Statica, PhD, information technology program administrator at NJIT. “This degree program produces IT professionals who have an interdisciplinary edge and we are delighted to bring this sought-after IT degree program to CCC.”
Interested students can attend two information sessions about the new degree program at CCC’s Blackwood campus. The first session is scheduled for June 14, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in second floor of the Community Center, and the second session is Aug. 9, from 5-7 pm in the CIM Auditorium. Students from Pennsylvania and Delaware who register will be charged in-state tuition.
NJIT and CCC enter this partnership to better serve students, taxpayers and employers throughout the state. By offering the NJIT degree program at CCC, the partnership aims to improve the expertise of New Jersey’s workforce and help develop regional business and industry.
For more information about the NJIT degree program or to register contact Andrew Hrechak, PhD, academic coordinator for the NJIT program, at (800) 624-9850 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A course description is also available at http://cpe.njit.edu/camden.