greater than a job
The computer and information technology field is projected to add more than 800,000 jobs by 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. By 2018, it is estimated that there will be 2.4 million STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) job openings.
In other words: there will be plenty of jobs. And Regis students and graduates will be primed to get them. But the new college is about more than just jobs. It’s about changing people’s lives and the world.
“Computers are tools used to solve human problems,” said Richard Blumenthal, Ph.D., chair of the Computer Science Department. “With good education and mentoring, our students can use technology to better the human condition, to improve lives – and even save them.”
He cites a recent example in which a lost hiker was spotted with the use of drone technology, something that would have been impossible even a few years ago.
Sheila Carlon, Ph.D., chair of the Health Information Management Department, tells a similar story.
“In the days of paper medical records, information was difficult to access. It was sometimes lost or misinterpreted, which led to devastating outcomes,” she said. “The management, security and efficient delivery of this information helps doctors make good decisions for patients.”
Technology doesn’t just save lives. It protects them. Think: identity theft.
Last year’s credit card information breach at Target or the recent Heartbleed bug had people scrambling to contact banks and change passwords. The theft of personal information presents major challenges. That’s where Dan Likarish, director for the Center on Information Assurance Studies, and his past, present and future students come in.
“We are on the front line of preventing the next big crisis,” Likarish said. “That’s no easy task. We need to make sure our students are more skilled and savvy than their adversaries.”
From cyber security to electronic medical systems, from computer programming to analysis of big data, Regis’ College of Computer & Information Sciences will prepare students to tackle the challenges of our modern world.