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Penn State Mont Alto to offer new baccalaureate degree program

3/22/2010 —

Penn State Mont Alto is pleased to announce a new baccalaureate degree program to launch in the fall 2010 semester at its campus. The Information Sciences and Technology (IST) program will give students the theoretical frameworks and skill sets necessary to compete and be productive in the information technology-intensive global context that defines the new “Information Age.” Mont Alto will offer a Security and Risk Analysis minor with the program.

Specifically, this degree program focuses on building an understanding of core information technologies and related areas of study; helps students prepare for the practical application of various information sciences and related technologies; and engages students in sharpening their abilities to think critically and work in teams. All this will be done with considerable interdisciplinary integration in order to expose students to the cognitive, social, institutional, and global environments of IST. Team projects in most courses, a required internship, and a senior capstone experience provide additional, focused venues for involving students in the cutting-edge issues and technologies of the field.

“We are pleased to add the IST baccalaureate program to our relevant and growing educational offerings,” says Mont Alto Chancellor Dr. David C. Gnage. “The Security and Risk Analysis minor is offered with express purpose to prepare graduates for the ever-growing and universal concerns about network security and identity theft.”

IST graduates work in many industries—manufacturing, health care, business and finance, education, aerospace, biotechnology, government, to name just a few—as systems analysts, dot.com managers, enterprise resource managers, consultants, e-commerce specialists, virtual supply chain managers, and more.

Penn State Mont Alto now offers six bachelor's degree programs, eight associate degrees and the first two years of most of the 160+ Penn State degrees. We are Penn State, right here in Franklin County.

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