by Jessica McDunn, University
|Students who major in computer or
information sciences earn some of the country’s highest
starting salaries after college graduation. HPU has taken notice
of a national resurgence of demand for computer science graduates.
Offering additional, advanced, and more focused courses with
flexible scheduling, HPU’s College of Professional Studies
is preparing students for solid futures in the demanding business
world of the 21st century — no matter their computer background.
I selected HPU because its MSIS program blended management and
technical aspects of the profession, allowed me to update my
skills, and focused on what interested me,” said Sally
Ewing (MSIS ‘03), project manager on contract with the
Commander, Pacific Fleet Headquarters Information Technology.
Natasha Yuen (BSCS ‘06, McKinley High School ‘03),
now a software engineer at BigTribe Corporation, said she was
previously “completely oblivious to computer programming.”
Following her senior-year internship with the mobile phone software
company, the Kalihi native and Columbia University graduate student
said her professors and real world experience prepared her for
the business world. “The support I received from the computer
science faculty and the invaluable skills I acquired at BigTribe
have left a lasting impression on me.”
I was looking to go back to school because I thought it would
be the best way to change my career,” said Carrie Hasegawa
(MBA/MSIS ‘02, Kailua High School ‘89), assistant
vice president of the Marketing Communications Division at First
Hawaiian Bank. “I found HPU because it offered the flexibility
I wanted and the opportunity to pursue my MBA and MSIS simultaneously.”
Graduates of HPU’s College of Professional Studies have
gone on to work for companies such as Bank of Hawai‘i,
Booz Allen Hamilton, the City & County of Honolulu Office
of Information Technology, Deloitte Touche, eHawaii.gov, Finance
Factors, Hilton Hotels, and many others.
In addition to engineers and computer scientists, we have had
dentists, elementary school teachers, consultants, auditors,
and legislative aides as MSIS students,” said Dr. Gordon
Jones, dean of HPU’s College of Professional Studies. “MSIS
alumni now occupy senior positions in many different organizations
around the world.”
My current role requires that I understand complex network architectures.
Without my masters, I would not have the knowledge and background
to perform these duties,” said Ewing. “The program
added depth to my technical knowledge, understanding of practices,
and analytical abilities.”
Students in the College of Professional Studies work with modern
industrial-strength software systems.
The very modern and capable Frear Technology Center supports
all classes by making available test environments, simulations,
and real-life complex systems for students to interact with,” said
Jones. “We can model just about anything that our students
want to study.”
By offering flexibility, up-to-date technology, and professional
expertise, the College of Professional Studies is preparing students
for some of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation.