TU’s AIT program to help keep BRAC on track in Harford County
$90,000 grant enables TU to offer M.S. in Applied Information Technology at HEAT Center
TOWSON, Md. (Dec. 19, 2008)—On Monday, Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown designated five areas BRAC (2005 Base Realignment and Closure Act) zones and awarded $2 million in grants to 16 colleges and universities under the BRAC Higher Education Investment Fund. TU received $150,990, including $90,990 to enable it to offer the Master of Science in Applied Information Technology at Harford County’s HEAT Center. Pending regulatory approvals, the first class will begin in fall 2009.
Applied Information Technology is the study, design, development, implementation and support of computer-based information systems to address real-world problems. TU’s M.S. in AIT program provides graduate-level education in information technology (IT) for students preparing to enter the high-tech work force and for those already in the work force seeking to update and enhance their skills.
“Many of the thousands of jobs transferring to the Aberdeen Proving Grounds (APG) under BRAC require degrees in computer science, information technology management, telecommunications and computer education,” explains Michael O’Leary, TU’s Center for Applied Information Technology (CAIT) director. “We’ve met with the Software Engineering Center (SEC), which is moving from Ft. Monmouth (N.J.) to APG, and their immediate needs include advanced graduate courses in information technology and computer science.
O’Leary says the SEC expects 25 percent of their 700-strong workforce to relocate to APG by the end of FY 2009. “From that group we expect 10 to 12 students will enroll into the M.S. degree program in the fall,” he says, “but our cohorts will grow in the future, as several other agencies requiring AIT training are also moving to APG.
“The BRAC Higher Education Investment Fund grant will allow TU to bring AIT education to a location that’s convenient for the SEC personnel moving to Harford County, as well as offer it to the thousands of other military and civilian personnel coming to Aberdeen.”
The M.S. in AIT at the HEAT Center will include well-established graduate-level certifications in Software Engineering, Information Security and Assurance, Network Technology and Information Systems Management in line with APG’s current and future needs.