“I wanted to go on the Silicon Valley Trip because I wanted to be an entrepreneur one day.” Landon Gray (’15), Computer Science.
This last Fall several of our students, along with students from the College of Business Administration took a trip to Silicon Valley to meet with leaders of different Tech startups.
- Inigral: an organization that uses social networking to improve enrollment and retention at colleges and universities
- Circa: a news app that keeps users up-to-date by adding details to pre-existing stories as they unfold
- Silicon Valley Bank
- Corona Labs: a company that allows individuals to create apps without having to wade through the technical language of coding
- Lanica: an equally impressive app-creating company
Check out this video about the trip: ACU Students Visit Silicon Valley.
Did you know that 5 of the top 10 jobs on the 2012 U.S. News “Best Jobs” list are in computer and technology related fields?
Here at the SITC we prepare students to go into the work field or graduate school right after college. We found this article on the 10 skills you need to get a job in 2013. Whether you are a current student, recent graduate, or have been in the work field for a while this is a great article to see where you stand, check it out.
While many of our classes are geared towards individual development of a skills set, we are aware that most things in life require collaboration across different fields. This fall was our first semester to introduce the freshman level core class. Combined with our university core class, our new freshman level core class was designed to allow incoming freshman to get a glimpse of what each major at the School of IT & Computing (SITC) offers, enabling them to continue in their degree, if their skills align, or to change majors within the SITC to a major that is more adequate. Taught by Dr. Brent Reeves and Dr. Rob Byrd, the SITC freshman have been exposed to the differences between each major. Professionals in each field came to campus regularly to talk about their experiences in their line of work, hoping to inspire freshman to pursue an education in the technology area of their choice.
From the small town of Bowie, Texas, Amanda Greenlee never thought she would end up with a career in the technology world. After graduation, Amanda will work for Rackspace, a San Antonio based cloud computing hosting company. She has already accepted an offer to work with them and she still has one semester of college left. Amanda, thankfully, is not worried about what her next big step after college is.
Did you always know you wanted to be a computer science major?
“Originally I planned on being pre-med, but I changed my mind and looked for something that was engineering related. I had always been interested in writing software growing up, but I didn’t have Internet at home or anything that I could learn from when I was in school. I really had no experience in programming prior to college. The closest I ever got to creating programs was making programs on a TI-83 calculator in my high school math class. I bought a book and taught myself to make small programs on my calculator that could do my math homework for me. “
Today, Amanda is expecting to graduate in May 2013 with a degree in Computer Science and two minors, one in Information Technology and the other in Math. She is also one of the student workers that help create new software programs for ACU. Having a job that complemented her school work and definitely impacted her application process in getting an internship at Rackspace during the past 2 summers that eventually led to a job offer.
However, it was not always easy.
“Balancing my school and work many times seemed to be overwhelming, but the faculty that was willing to work with me through all the tough material. It has been cool to have a bond with the professors outside the classroom. For example, Dr. Towell, computer science professor, invites all the students over once or twice a semester to just play games and hang out.”
Amanda like many other SITC students was able to travel with SITC faculty and fellow students to annual programming competitions. “Through participating in these competitions, I realized that web programming was what I wanted to have a career in,” Greenlee expressed.
What was your internship experience like at Rackspace?
“Rackspace has a very cool fun work environment. For the past two summers I worked as a software developer. During my first internship I helped designed an application for Rackspace’s internal use that worked with Google maps, where the employees within Rackspace would be able to find the location of the new offices within their building, as many additions and remodeling were made. This past summer I worked in developing a general application, where other applications can store data into a database, which enables easy query of the data. ”
Watch a video about Amanda’s internship experience here.
After finishing her 2012 internship, Amanda was offered the position of an Application Developer Level 1, where she will mostly be a java developer. It is an exciting beginning in her career, as Amanda will get to work with one of the companies known for their fun company culture.
What would you say to an incoming freshman?
“It’s been a fun and cool experience, the professors are great. Work hard and you can finish, motivation is necessary, but it is really rewarding. In the end you can end up with a really cool job.”
Thank you Amanda for being a part of the School of Information Technology and Computing. We wish you the best in your endeavors.
Watch our new Mobile App Development Course Promo Video.
This spring we’ll be having an online Introduction to Mobile App Development Course. The course is designed for current college students and advanced high school students who wish to develop mobile applications. Students will learn basic mobile development concepts that apply to multiple platforms and use the software Corona SDK. The course includes a final project where the students are challenged to create a small application of their choice. If you’re interested in a career in technology this is a great way to start earning college credit even before coming to college.
ACU students will be enrolling in the upcoming weeks, and applications for Dual-Credit students will be accepted on a space available basis until January 11th. Fill out your application for Dual Credit classes here.
For more information, contact us at: SITC@acu.edu