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At the end of July 2014, at least one East Carolina University senior will be working full time in the Research Triangle area for Cisco, an international networking company. Anthony Peterson Jr., a Sampson County native and first generation college student, is expected to graduate magna cum laude May 9 with a bachelor’s degree in information and computer technology.
A former film theory major, Benjamin Tillett-Wakeley transferred in fall 2013 into ECU’s information and computer technology program in technology systems in the College of Engineering and Technology. In December, Tillett-Wakeley became a Red Hat Certified Engineer
The Information and Computer Technology (ICT) program prepares students for many different challenges facing professionals in the information and technology field. At ECU, students in the Information and Computer Technology program of study will gain the hands-on skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their careers. Courses include such areas as computer network installation and maintenance, routing and switching technology, and network security and intrusion detection, to name a few.
Coursework emphasizes hands-on skills using the latest networking labs that include Cisco routers and switches, Microsoft and other leading network operating systems, and various other state of the art hardware and software. For students that wish to pursue industry certifications, courses prepare students for certification such as:
Work experience is another area of emphasis in the Information and Computer Technology program. Students are presented with and encouraged to participate in various intern opportunities.
Several organizations work closely with ECU to provide short and long-term opportunities for students including, but not limited to: