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by Jessica McDunn, University Relations

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.



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