CWUNews FeedNews Feedhttps://www.cwu.edu/it-management/newsen-usSenator Murray discusses technology need with CWUhttps://www.cwu.edu/it-management/node/2717Fri, 09 Aug 2019 14:21:27<p><span><span><span><span><img align="right" alt="US Senator Murray (fifth from left) and CWU’s Deborah Wells (far left) during a break in the Wenatchee meeting." height="323" src="/it-management/sites/cts.cwu.edu.it-management/files/Wells%20Murray%20ITAM%20Wenstchee.jpg" width="450" />This week, US Senator Patty Murray learned about what CWU and its Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) program are doing to encourage more students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Murray appeared at the Mercantile in Wenatchee for discussions regarding her legislation, the<a href="https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/newsreleases?ContentRecord_id=016FCF9F-F00F-42D7-BD98-EFDA3D9784EF" target="_blank"> Digital Equity Act of 2019</a>. The bill would fund increased access to broadband connectivity, holding that digital literacy is vital to employment and careers.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>ITAM professor Deborah Wells represented CWU at one of Murray&rsquo;s panel discussion, which focused on, &ldquo;what&rsquo;s the demand for STEM employees in the workforce in rural areas, especially north-central Washington, and how to attract more women into the field,&rdquo; Wells said.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>&ldquo;Senator Murray also asked what each organization represented there was doing to get more people into STEM,&rdquo; she continued. &ldquo;There is a shortage. The numbers vary about the amount of unfilled positions. One report indicates there could be up to three-and-a-half million cybersecurity jobs vacant by 2021. The bottom line is we need more cybersecurity experts all around.&rdquo;</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>In response, Wells, who specializes in cybersecurity, talked specifically about the university&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/it-management/flexit" target="_blank">Flex IT</a> program. The competency-based program, with bachelor&rsquo;s and master&rsquo;s degree options, offers specializations in cybersecurity, along with administrative management, project management, and retail management and technology.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>&ldquo;We focus on non-traditional students, who don&rsquo;t necessarily need to take classes on campus or be bound by a traditional 10-week quarter, but can have access to the same high-quality curriculum,&rdquo; Wells explained. &ldquo;That was something that Senator Murray was interested in hearing about.&rdquo;</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Wells also pointed out the ITAM focuses on helping students develop needed &ldquo;soft skills.&rdquo;</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>&ldquo;Can you be a team player? Can you write a press release? Can you get up in front of an audience and make a presentation? Can you break down technical terminology into language that non-technical people&mdash;like the chief financial officer, or chief executive officer&mdash;can understand?&rdquo; Wells explained. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s one of our missions in ITAM, to develop the &lsquo;whole-person&rsquo; concept in our students.&rdquo;</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Murray&rsquo;s visit to Wenatchee was to learn about efforts to promote and create STEM opportunities for both educators and students in Washington, and how her legislation would help close a digital skills gap.<strong> </strong></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>-30-</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>Media contact: </span></span></strong><span><span>Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>&nbsp;<span><span>Photo: </span></span></strong><span><span>Senator Murray (fifth from left) and CWU&rsquo;s Deborah Wells (far right) during a break in the Wenatchee meeting.</span></span></span></span></p> CWU-Sammamish trains Cyber Patriotshttps://www.cwu.edu/it-management/node/2716Mon, 05 Aug 2019 15:27:56<p><span><span><span><img align="right" alt="Photo: Nathan White, ITAM professor at podium, and CWU ITAM student Josh Schnell, preparing the CyberPatriot students for a miniature cyber competition day, which ended the camp." height="300" src="https://www.cwu.edu/it-management/sites/cts.cwu.edu.it-management/files/CyberPatriot%20Camp%202019.JPG" width="400" />Nine high school students from Issaquah and Sammamish have joined the ranks of &ldquo;cyber patriots.&rdquo; The ninth through 12th grade students recently participated in cybersecurity training at <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/sammamish/" target="_blank">CWU-Sammamish</a>. The more than 30 hours of instruction was led by CWU Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) faculty and students, supported by additional presenters and resources from Microsoft and other university departments. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>&ldquo;CWU&#39;s CyberCamp was engaging, fun, challenging and a prescriptive first step for anyone interested in cyber security as a hobby or even a career,&rdquo; said Dhruv Ashok, a 10th grader from Juanita High School.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Ashok and the other participating students learned about cybersecurity techniques for both Windows and Linux operating systems.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>&ldquo;Educating our youth on the importance of good &lsquo;cyber hygiene&rsquo; is necessary if we&rsquo;re to protecting ourselves and our country from cyber-attacks, or other technological risks, no matter whether they are coming from,&rdquo; said Deborah Wells, CWU ITAM lecturer.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The <a href="https://www.uscyberpatriot.org/home" target="_blank">Air Force Association created CyberPatriot</a>, a National Youth Cyber Education Program, to do just that.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>&ldquo;CyberPatriot is designed to inspire students&mdash;in kindergarten through high school&mdash;to consider careers in cybersecurity or other STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines critical to the future of our country,&rdquo; said General Paul Nakasone, who heads up US Cyber Command.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>While the program provides options for various camps and training curricula, ITAM officials opted to host a Standard Camp in this first year of what will become an annual program, An Advanced Camp, which builds upon the standard training, will be added in coming years. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>&ldquo;CWU-Sammamish is a perfect venue for this program because of its location, close to a number of area high schools, and the fact that it has the infrastructure required to host such a camp,&rdquo; said Robert Lupton, CWU ITAM&rsquo;s chair.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Media contact:</span></strong><span> Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Photo:</span></strong><span> Nathan White, ITAM professor at podium, and CWU ITAM student Josh Schnell, preparing the CyberPatriot students for a miniature cyber competition day, which ended the camp.</span></span></span></p> State Task Force to Visit CWU to Explore the Future of Work https://www.cwu.edu/it-management/node/2713Wed, 08 May 2019 09:59:09<p><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/it-management/sites/cts.cwu.edu.it-management/files/Future%20Flex.jpg" style="width: 325px; height: 98px; margin: 3px; float: right;" />The state&rsquo;s<a href="http://www.wtb.wa.gov/futureofwork.asp" target="_blank"> Future of Work</a> task force was formed to learn about and prepare Washington for the changing nature and needs of the American labor force. It is actually the first state-funded initiative of its kind in the nation.</p> <p>CWU will host the task force&rsquo;s inaugural meeting in central Washington on Thursday, May 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Wellington Events Center. It is open to the public.</p> <p>The 16-member Future of Work task force&mdash;comprised of business and labor leaders, and state&nbsp; lawmakers&mdash;will get the chance to learn about how CWU is already working toward meeting the group&rsquo;s charge to &ldquo;future proof&rdquo; Washington&rsquo;s workforce and businesses.</p> <p>The task force&rsquo;s efforts come at a time when estimates indicate half all available jobs in the United States now require advanced skills. In the Pacific Northwest alone, more than three-fourths of job openings are for workers with four years or more of higher education.</p> <p>&ldquo;The workforce is changing in terms of the depth and quantity of preparation needed to join it and to have what would be considered a &lsquo;good job,&rsquo; one that pays a living wage and has a sustainable future over time,&rdquo; explained <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/it-management/elizabeth-fountain" target="_blank">Liz Fountain</a>, CWU Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) lecturer, who will address the task force. &ldquo;It used to be that you could gain entry into those good jobs with only a high school diploma. But, now, the balance is increasingly shifting and for good jobs, which meet that criteria, you must have a college degree.&rdquo;</p> <p>That makes access to degree options vital. In response, CWU&rsquo;s ITAM department and the university&rsquo;s Office of Extended Learning and Outreach are working to provide degree opportunities for working adults through &ldquo;stackable credentials.&rdquo; It includes a new FlexITrade Pathways program, which is referred to as &ldquo;a degree built for tradespeople.&rdquo;</p> <p>Through FlexITrade Pathways, performance-based, flexible-paced learning will be offered, leading to &ldquo;stackable&rdquo; certificates and, eventually, college degrees. The modular, fully online program will allow enrolled students to gain immediate career advancement benefits, while simultaneously advancing toward their degree. Prior learning will also be taken into account for each student.</p> <p>Despite being online in nature, students will have essential access to university advising online, in Ellensburg or at one of the University Centers or instructional sites located throughout Washington. Students will actually be paired with ITAM faculty advisers&mdash;&ldquo;success coaches&rdquo;&mdash;before they enroll in the program.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We are also working on implementing a transfer and transition center here at CWU,&rdquo; pointed out Gayla Stoner, CWU&rsquo;s associate provost for Extended Learning and Outreach. &ldquo;That center will serve transfer students and will also focus on student&rsquo;s prior learning efforts, which are a major component of the FlexITrade Pathways program.&rdquo;</p> <p>Prior learning enables students to have the opportunity to gain college credit for their work experience or knowledge gained elsewhere that would not be available through traditional academic courses or included on a typical educational transcript.</p> <p>Last month, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported that 36 million adults now in the work force have some college experience but no degree. It&rsquo;s also believed that many of the estimated 24 million low-wage American workers will also need to upgrade their skills to fill openings&nbsp; in professions from nursing to software developers, human resources specialists to sales representatives.&nbsp;</p> <p>FlexITrade offers needed instruction needed in those areas, and in specific soft skills which are also now in demand, such as budgeting, scheduling, project management, sales, and teamwork.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Whether it&rsquo;s hard skills or soft skills, lifelong learning is really underlying all of this,&rdquo; stated Fountain, who serves as the university&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/it-management/flexit" target="_blank">FlexIT program</a> coordinator. &ldquo;The economy now is one in which you really can&rsquo;t stand still, you can&rsquo;t simply learn just one thing and then bank on it for the rest of your life. You have to be versatile and always be able and willing to develop further knowledge and skills.&rdquo;</p> <p>The changes in labor characteristics are also being driven by automation and artificial intelligence, which are replacing some jobs but also opening opportunities for those will skills gained through higher education. It&rsquo;s thought that, while different, work in the future will, overall, involve less repetitive tasks and be more creative and fulfilling overall.</p> <p>&ldquo;Right now, those working in the trades have more work that they know how to deal with. However, looking down the road, in terms of their individual careers and the economy as a whole, it&rsquo;s one where more knowledge will be necessary,&rdquo; said Fountain. &ldquo;The shift will be to help people who are very well prepared for a skill-based economy transition into what will increasingly become a partnership involving skills and knowledge. That&rsquo;s where a bachelor&rsquo;s degree comes in,&rdquo;</p> <p>Over the next year, task force members, based on what they hear at CWU and at other meetings around the state, will develop policy recommendations for the legislature, establish success indicators and craft a measurement tracking system to evaluate progress.</p> <p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu<br /> &nbsp;</p> CWU ITAM Peru Faculty-Led Service Learning Class Rocks the Andeshttps://www.cwu.edu/it-management/node/2695Fri, 24 Aug 2018 09:53:03<p><img alt="ITAMers in the village of Marcani, Peru" src="https://www.cwu.edu/it-management/sites/cts.cwu.edu.it-management/files/images/ITAM-in-Marcani-2018-WEB-2.jpg" style="width: 100%;"></p><p>ITAM students returned from Peru with a successful faculty-led service learning experience. The 18 CWU ITAM students were outstanding ambassadors for the department and CWU, and while on the class performed outreach to a small village called Marcani, high in the Andes (12,000+ ft). The villagers welcomed CWU and the students with compassion and kindness.</p><p><img alt="ITAM students installing solar panels at rural school in Peru" src="https://www.cwu.edu/it-management/sites/cts.cwu.edu.it-management/files/images/CWU%20ITAM%20Peru%20Solar%20Panel%20Installation-WEB.jpg" style="width: 50%; float: right; margin-left: 7px; margin-right: 7px;">After seven days, this village now has solar energy and lights in the two school buildings and the school Library. The students also painted buildings, put flooring in the library, built windows and doors, planted 300 trees, and built/fenced in the local soccer field.&nbsp; The students also left behind donated goods they brought along including laptops, tablets, school supplies, dental and health related products. CWU students truly made a difference in these Peruvian’s lives.&nbsp; We all learned from each other as we worked and played together (we also put forth a good game of soccer against the locals).&nbsp; The teachers and parents were grateful. The young Peruvians may actually make it to university someday with the ITAM student efforts.</p><p><img alt="" src="/it-management/sites/cts.cwu.edu.it-management/files/images/Chance-WEB.jpg" style="width: 50%; float: left; margin-left: 7px; margin-right: 7px;"><em>"I loved every second of Peru. The team was amazing, the sights were breathtaking, and the service learning changed everyone's lives. CWU's ITAM department envisioned, planned, and executed a perfect trip that could not have been anymore powerful in making its core values standout above just the sightseeing. Students were able to use their experience of technology, that's been fostered at CWU, to problem solve and provide hands on experience in a very diverse learning environment to support a remote native community within Peru. To help summarize this trip to Peru, students will be able to walk away saying they have learned to be more adaptable, confident in risk taking, and humbled in every sense."</em></p><p><em>Chance Flanigan,&nbsp;</em><em>ITAM Class of 2019</em></p><p>The other parts of the class included treks, cultural events, meetings with local Peruvians and discussions in commerce/business/IT tech. Drs. Bob Trumpy and Bob Lupton will be taking new ITAM students to Peru during the summer 2019.</p><p><img alt="ITAM trekking through the Andes" src="https://www.cwu.edu/it-management/sites/cts.cwu.edu.it-management/files/images/CWU%20ITAM%20Conquers%20the%20Andes-WEB.jpg" style="width: 100%;"></p>ITAM will host AFA High School CyberCamp at CWU Sammamish Summer 2019https://www.cwu.edu/it-management/node/2681Fri, 08 Jun 2018 09:43:43<h2>Central Washington University to host AFA CyberCamp</h2><p>Ellensburg, WA – Central Washington University is one of the distinguished organizations across the United States selected to participate in the 2019 season of the Air Force Association’s (AFA) CyberCamp Program beginning next summer.</p><p>As an AFA CyberCamp host, Central Washington University will receive software and a hands-on curriculum kit designed to teach students cyber safety, cyber ethics, and critical network security skills and tools. Each AFA CyberCamp will culminate in an exciting team-based competition that puts the campers in the role of IT administrators tasked with finding and addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated network environments. The local AFA CyberCamp competitions will closely mimic AFA’s annual CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, which will enter its eleventh season in October.</p><p>According to Nathan White, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity and co-coordinator for the camp, there are two main goals for the camp. The first goal is to broaden students’ understanding of and interest in a cybersecurity career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, cybersecurity careers are one of the fastest growing careers, and we want students to be aware of that as a potential career. Additionally, our second goal is to teach the students more about safe online behavior.</p><p>The CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created by the Air Force Association in 2009 to attract students to cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future.&nbsp; In addition to the annual National Youth Cyber Defense Competition and the new AFA CyberCamp program, CyberPatriot has three other programs for various age groups. The Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative (ESCEI) was designed to introduce young students to online safety. The Cyber Education Literature Series was created to teach younger children about cyber safety with the debut of the illustrated Children’s book: Sarah the Cyber Hero. The newest program for CyberPatriot is CyberGenerations: a senior citizens guide to cyber safety that will premiere in late spring 2019. To learn more about CyberPatriot, visit www.usycyberpatriot.org.</p>Taking Shape: The Latest Images from the Samuelson STEM Buildinghttps://www.cwu.edu/it-management/node/2671Wed, 07 Mar 2018 13:58:49<p>There are huge changes since the last time ITAM wandered through our new home in the Samuelson STEM building. Carpet and fixtures are going in, accent walls brighten up collaborative spaces, and pristine white boards are ready and waiting for lightbulb moments.</p><p>We move in June - are you ready?</p><hr><p>ITAM students will enjoy a large collaborative space with amazing views:</p><p><img alt="Communal space for ITAM students on the second floor" src="/it-management/sites/cts.cwu.edu.it-management/files/images/Communal-Space-Vistas.jpg" style="width: 100%;"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="Second view of ITAM student collaborative space" src="/it-management/sites/cts.cwu.edu.it-management/files/images/Communal-Space-Vistas-2.jpg" style="width: 100%;"></p><p>Our new offices will be on the second floor. Here is the view of our storefront from across the central atrium:</p><p><img alt="View across atrium to new main ITAM storefront" src="/it-management/sites/cts.cwu.edu.it-management/files/images/Atrium-1.jpg" style="width: 100%;"></p><p>Some classrooms will have banks of large windows:</p><p><img alt="Classroom view" src="/it-management/sites/cts.cwu.edu.it-management/files/images/Classroom-4.jpg" style="width: 100%;"></p><p>There's also a theater space for guest speakers, seminars, and presentations:</p><p><img alt="Large theater-style classroom on first floor" src="/it-management/sites/cts.cwu.edu.it-management/files/images/Samuelson-Theater-in-Progress-March-2018.jpg" style="width: 100%;"></p><p>A sample of what faculty offices will look like:</p><p><img alt="Faculty Office Sample" src="/it-management/sites/cts.cwu.edu.it-management/files/images/Southern-Office-Space.jpg" style="width: 100%;"></p><p>On this tour ITAM was joined by guests from Microsoft and CWU:</p><p><img alt="Tour included members from ITAM, CWU Information Services, ITAM, and Microsoft" src="/it-management/sites/cts.cwu.edu.it-management/files/images/ITAM-IS-Microsoft-On-Tour.jpg" style="width: 100%;"></p><p>Some of the tour participants included (left to right):</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">Gayla Stoner, Associate Provost Extended Learning and Outreach, CWU<br>Shawn Lowney, Director, Community and Corporate Relations, CWU<br>Andreas Bohman, CIO, CWU and ITAM faculty member<br>Lisa Karstetter, TechSpark Manager, Quincy Data Center<br>Leo Ortiz Villacorta, Director Global Field Empowerment, Microsoft Philanthropies<br>Keith Jones, IT Project Manager, CWU</p><p>If you'd like a reference point for comparison, check out <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/it-management/sneak-peek-inside-samuelson-stem" target="_blank">where we were in October</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></hr></p style="margin-left: 40px;"></br></br></br></br></br>Sneak Peek Inside Samuelson STEMhttps://www.cwu.edu/it-management/node/2665Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:00:11<p><img alt="Atrium outside of future ITAM offices" src="/it-management/sites/cts.cwu.edu.it-management/files/images/Atrium-1-duotone.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 353px; float: right; margin-left: 7px; margin-right: 7px;"></p><p><em><strong>It feels surreal:</strong></em> in less than a year, the Department of Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) will move into our new, high-tech home in the Samuelson STEM building. We’re gearing up for this change, so we took a tour of the construction site to track progress and expand our list of action items in preparation for the relocation.</p><p>A project with this scope runs a full gamut of considerations from ensuring sufficient wireless access in the collaborative and social spaces, to selecting the correct casters for chairs in a carpeted computer lab. The concerns of multiple stakeholders need consideration as well. ITAM will have new neighbors including Computer Science, Mathematics, Multi-Modal Learning, and CWU’s new state-of-the-art data center.</p><p>As we refine lab configurations, plan redundancies and safe guards for ITAM’s dedicated server room, and make sure everything is on track for our coffee shop (priorities!), we want to share some images. Hopefully this will give you a feel for the space – until you visit us and walk through it.</p><h2 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.cwu.edu/it-management/samuelson-stem-october" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=yes,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">OPEN THE GALLERY</a></h2></h2 style="text-align: center;">Dr. Ray Spencer, in memoriamhttps://www.cwu.edu/it-management/node/2658Thu, 03 Aug 2017 11:56:39<p><img alt="" src="/it-management/sites/cts.cwu.edu.it-management/files/images/Spencer-Ray-2-web.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; float: right;">We are deeply saddened to let you know about the passing of our colleague and friend, Dr. Ray Spencer.</p><p>Few can equal Ray’s love of teaching and his complete dedication to helping students. He was passionate about cybersecurity, striving to make the material engaging and enjoyable. A glance at his bookshelf would reveal close to 60 texts on the subject. He devoted his free time to researching current cybersecurity situations to turn them into discussions and assignments for his students, bringing the material to life by linking it to the world surrounding his students.</p><p>Before finding his home in Washington, Ray lived off the grid in Northern Minnesota for 10 years. A true outdoorsman, he had his personal piece of heaven: a couple hundred acres of pristine wilderness next to thousands of acres of forest. He reveled in the winters, loving to cross-country ski, and he filled the other seasons with biking and hiking on the trails.</p><p>An avid whitewater kayaker, the Skagit River was particularly special to him. He met his wife, Kathy McGee, on that river, and it was where they got married (in kayaks, of course). It is also where 25 of his closest family and friends joined last Friday for an impromptu memorial service. They scattered his ashes in three places according to his wishes and paddled the eight-mile section where he and Kathy first learned to kayak.</p><p>Ray lived life to the fullest; possessed of a keen intellect, a wry sense of humor, and a deep curiosity about the world. He was the soul of generosity in every way, and we will sorely miss him.</p><p><a href="http://www.cwu.edu/it-management/ray-spencer">www.cwu.edu/it-management/ray-spencer&nbsp;</a></p><p><img alt="" src="/it-management/sites/cts.cwu.edu.it-management/files/images/Spencer-Ray-1-web.jpg" style="width: 100%;"></p>Perry Tech Yakima Students visit CWU ITAMhttps://www.cwu.edu/it-management/node/2656Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:55:35<p>The Department of Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) had the honor of hosting 38 applied science students from Perry Technical at the CWU-Ellensburg campus today. They toured ITAM, met key personnel, visited labs, and experienced campus life. Their tour included viewing the Samuelson STEM building currently under construction – ITAM’s new home starting Fall 2018. While walking them through life at ITAM, Department Secretary&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cwu.edu/it-management/libby-gibson" target="_blank">Libby Gibson</a>, Online Advisor&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cwu.edu/it-management/dawn-mcreynolds" target="_blank">Dawn McReynolds</a> and recent graduate Brian McDougall &nbsp;emphasized the message we receive from industry: there is an ever-growing need for graduates in cybersecurity, data and analytics, web development and networking.<img alt="Perry Tech Yakima students visiting CWU ITAM on the Ellensburg Campus" src="/it-management/sites/cts.cwu.edu.it-management/files/Perry-Tech-Yakima-students-visiting-ITAM-CWU.jpg" style="width: 633px;"></p><p>CWU alumna Valerie Ryan, Department Head of Business Technology and Accounting at Perry Tech in Yakima, organized the excursion to help her students learn about transferring to ITAM’s <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/it-management/bas-overview" target="_blank">Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS-ITAM)</a>.</p><p>BAS-ITAM is a unique program that allows traditionally “non-transferrable” applied/technical degrees to transfer their credits to CWU. Once enrolled, students complete a core curriculum that layers soft skills like leadership and project management over their technical expertise, and then specialize in Administrative Management, Cybersecurity, or Information Technology. To meet the needs of diverse populations, ITAM offers their BAS degree in a variety of modalities: fully online, hybrid, or on campus.</p><p><a href="http://www.cwu.edu/it-management/robert-lupton-1" target="_blank">Dr. Robert Lupton</a>, ITAM department chair, welcomed the group led by his former advisee. He said, “It was a wonderful experience! Their visit embodies what ITAM is all about: outreach, opportunity, networking, and working with other schools to help students build careers.” As for Lupton’s advice to our Perry Tech guests, it was simple: “Find your passion and enjoy your career.”</p><p>To learn more about advancing your career with ITAM, visit: <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/it-management/why-itam">cwu.edu/it-management</a></p>ITAM Cyber Students Compete at Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competitionhttps://www.cwu.edu/it-management/node/2653Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:14:40<p><img alt="ITAM Cybersecurity and Ethical Hacking Club Compete at PRCCDC" src="/it-management/sites/cts.cwu.edu.it-management/files/images/ITAM-Cyber-Team.JPG" style="width: 50%; float: right;">While most of the CWU students were out relaxing and recharging their batteries over Spring Break 2017, CWU’s Cyber Hacking Club was feverishly trying to secure an artificial network “PWN World” from a nefarious group of Black Hat hackers at Highline Community College.&nbsp; The team of 8 ITAM Students were competing in the 10th Annual Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.&nbsp; The team consisted of: Brian McDougall, Casey Gadd, Michael Cyr, German Godinez, Zach Halte, Colby Hill, Aaron Long and Chris Graham.</p><p><img alt="" src="/it-management/sites/cts.cwu.edu.it-management/files/images/Zach%20and%20Colby.jpg" style="width: 50%; float: left; margin-right: 7px;">The Red Team barraged our team for two full days – they did everything possible to take down the CWU team’s network and steal information off of the servers.&nbsp; The Red Team was very experienced and consisted of 40 different individuals from all over industry, military and students.&nbsp; It just so happens that one of CWU’s very own alumni, Nick Smith, was trying to take out our team!&nbsp; Nick is very happy with his current position at Boeing and I heard from his boss that he is exceeding expectations…it has to be that grand education he received from CWU!</p><p>Our team was extremely good at keeping the internet up and operational as well as crafting poetry along the way.&nbsp; Yes, it is true, Chris Graham, the team captain had about 5 minutes to write a poem or else the Red Team was going to wipeout some key components on the servers that would make our team completely dead in the water.&nbsp; It just so happens that the Red Team loved</p><p><img alt="" src="/it-management/sites/cts.cwu.edu.it-management/files/images/Cyber-Team-in-motion-smalljpg.jpg" style="width: 288.712px; float: right; margin-right: 7px;">the poem so much that at the awards ceremony, they presented Chris and the team with the “Peeps Choice Award.”&nbsp; A made-up award by the Leader of the Red Team which consisted of a 24” Yellow Peep Chick and Peeps candy for the entire team.&nbsp; You can go out to the Club’s <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CSEHClub/?fref=nf" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>, CWU Cyber Security &amp; Ethical Hacking Club and see Chris reciting his poem to the audience…simply spectacular!</p><p><br>The team came back to Ellensburg all ready to start practicing for next year!&nbsp; A majority of the team is graduating so if you have a desire to learn more about cyber security and what it means to be an ethical hacker, then please join our club.&nbsp; If you have any additional questions about the competition or about the Club, please contact either one of the two advisors, <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/it-management/chet-claar" target="_blank">Dr. Chet Claar,</a> or <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/it-management/deborah-wells" target="_blank">Mrs. Deborah Wells</a>.</p><p>~Deborah Wells</p></br>