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Information technology skills are in high demand, and IT is one of the fastest growing career fields. During a recent visit to the USI campus, more than 50 students from the EVSC’s Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center (SICTC) and the New Tech Institute High School learned about the Computer Science and Computer Information Systems programs offered by USI’s Romain College of Business.

Dr. Abbas Foroughi, Chair of Management and IS and a Professor of Computer Information Systems, thanked faculty for the great presentations they made and for leading activities that engaged students in game development, programming, cyber security, and data analytics. Undergraduate students Kairvi Bhatt, a computer science major, and Austin Lytle, a computer information systems major, gave excellent testimonials about the programs and faculty. The high school students also had a chance to visit Romain College’s labs, including the Cybersecurity Operations Center, all housed in the Business and Engineering Center.

Students in BEC Board Room

“Feedback from the teachers who accompanied the students and the positive reaction of the students to the program were very encouraging," noted Foroughi. “The Romain College of Business Computer Information Systems and Computer Science programs place high value on their collaboration with the SICTC and New Tech Institute High School toward increasing the awareness of students of exciting opportunities in hi-tech careers. CIS and CS faculty were invited to serve on the Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center’s Advisory Board. CIS and CS faculty have been interacting with SICTC faculty, making in-class presentations about opportunities for students in the CIS and CS disciplines, and hosting groups of their students for tours of USI facilities.”