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Information Technology and Administrative Management

College of Education and Professional Studies

Perry Tech Yakima Students visit CWU ITAM

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 Libby Gibson, Online Advisor Dawn McReynolds and recent graduate Brian McDougall  emphasized the message we receive from industry: there is an ever-growing need for graduates in cybersecurity, data and analytics, web development and networking.Perry Tech Yakima students visiting CWU ITAM on the Ellensburg Campus

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 Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS-ITAM).

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.

Dr. Robert Lupton, 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.”

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