College of IST Launches New Diploma in Enterprise Technology Integration

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – A new degree offered by Penn State’s College of Information Science and Technology (IST) will help prepare professionals to solve organizational problems through technology systems solutions. The Bachelor of Science in Business Technology Integration The Diploma (ETI) will be available to University Park students from the fall semester 2020.

The program will focus on providing students with in-depth knowledge of cloud computing and database technologies combined with business concepts. Students will acquire skills in analyzing organizational needs, formulating and implementing technology-based solutions, and measuring results that span within and between organizations.

“Existing IT systems are often rigid and fragile, and the interconnectivity of systems can be problematic. Enterprise systems that unify applications, services and databases give organizations a competitive advantage, ”said Rosalie Ocker, ETI Program Coordinator and Teaching Professor at IST. “Graduates of the new program will drive this innovation through the implementation of data, information and systems to solve problems for organizations and the people within them.”

The interdisciplinary program combines core courses in areas such as information technology and business, with specialist courses in cloud computing, business analysis, advanced database technologies, and supply chains. Like all college programs, ETI will also equip students with leadership, teamwork, and communication skills that are critical to success in the digital economy.

Additionally, students will take a sequence of courses in an application area, such as business, international cultures, or cybersecurity, to deepen their knowledge of systems integration in a particular area.

“The ETI program strengthens the college’s portfolio of interdisciplinary undergraduate programs that directly address the needs of industry,” said Andrew Sears, Dean of the College of IST. “More importantly, it better positions our graduates to be competitive and productive in all areas of today’s information technology-intensive workplace.

The program is primarily aimed at students seeking careers in systems integration, as well as IT and business consulting. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has forecasted 12% growth in IT occupations over a 10-year period ending in 2024 and, according to Ocker, ETI graduates will have the skills to succeed in these critical roles.

“The blend of expertise in new technologies and foundational business knowledge, coupled with people-to-people skills, will set this program and our students apart,” Ocker explained. “Ultimately, the program will help meet growing organizational computing needs, including those driven by the emergence of cloud computing and database technologies.”

The new degree was driven by demand from industry as well as feedback from partner companies and college alumni. This is the latest evolution of the existing integration and application option within the Bachelor of Science in Information Science and Technology program.

The onboarding and applying option will be phased out at University Park while allowing all current students pursuing it to complete their degrees. This option will not be available to incoming students after the fall semester 2022, but it will remain available at several Commonwealth campuses.

Current students who wish to switch to the new ETI program should contact their academic advisor. Students who have recently completed their first year in the existing Integration and Application option are strongly encouraged to speak with their academic advisor to see if the move to the ETI major fits their goals.

Visit the IST College website to learn more about the Business Technology Integration study program.

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