ACMT is broadening its focus. Beginning in September 2009, ACMT will offer a new undergraduate degree program in Information Technology to incoming first-year students. This program prepares students for careers as systems engineers or technical support professionals. Core courses will be taught by visiting professors from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences in colllege’s upgraded computer lab. The IT program focuses on how humans use computers for daily business, and how to make those interactions as easy and useful as possible. The curriculum includes courses on database management, system security, programming and application development, networking and system administration. “IT is about problem solving — helping people make sense of technology, how to implement it, and how to use it,” explains.RIT’s IT Chairman Dr. Jim Leone, who will visit ACMT in January. “Making technology work for people, and not the other way around, is what IT at RIT is all about. Our program is hands-on, student-focused and professionally oriented. “This program prepares students for careers as ‘the computer guy or girl’ for any company,” added ACMT President and Dean Don Hudspeth. “The curriculum is more focused than many other similar programs currently offered in Croatia, so that students have the knowledge they need to begin employment as soon as they graduate.” Graduates of the 4-year program will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from RIT and a strucni prvostupnik Informacijskih tehnologija diploma from the Croatian Ministry of Education. An initial group of 75 students with strong math skills will be selected this summer. RIT was the first university in North America to offer a complete degree program in information technlogy, starting in 1992. “Our students do very well finding employment just a few months after graduation, in a wide variety of jobs. The great thing about the IT degree is that its technical background prepares the student for a variety of entry-level positions in the IT field. Our focus is on how people work, live, and interact with technology—what works for them, what doesn’t. That what distinguishes us from other programs.”

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