The majority of IT qualifications especially university degrees attempt to equip students with broad range of skills and knowledge areas which offer them the opportunity and flexibility to specialize later once they start their career. This flavour of IT qualifications is accepted by employers of large organizations that are prepared to spend money on training and professional development.
Statistics show that the New Zealand and global job markets are mainly dominated by small-size organisations having IT departments run with limited resources. Small-size organisations particularly in New Zealand are tempted to hire people who have skills in the specific areas of specialty that are needed by them.
In consultation with the industry Cornell has identified the need for a number of specialties among them is web applications development. Our research also showed that the demand has never been stronger for individuals who administer computer networks and manage network switches and routers. In response to the demand of the job market Cornell Computing department offers two main programs each with a different specialty.
1. Mobile Applications Development
2. Computer Networks
The Cornell computing courses are designed to allow students who have a wide range of backgrounds, from to beginners to advanced industry experience to study computing. Direct entry to the more advanced levels is permitted for students with prior qualifications or experience.
Facilities & Resources
- Because Cornell is a Microsoft IT Academy, courses are run using the latest Microsoft software products and tools.
- During the hands-on labs students will practice using simulation software and virtual environments this gives them the opportunity to be exposed to scenarios that replicate real work environment and systems.
- Cornell has purchased Cisco equipments worth of several hundred dollars.
- This equipment is made available to students during the lab sessions.