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Brandman MyPath launches scholarship, new degree program

September 26, 2016 by Cindy O'Dell
Outreach's Quinn Hedrick and L.A. Chamber of Commerce's Aldridge at #TechThursday.

Outreach’s Quinn Hedrick and L.A. Chamber of Commerce’s Catalina Aldridge at #TechThursday.

Brandman University’s newest degree offering through Brandman MyPath, the university’s competency-based education platform, is starting to attract attention. A new scholarship opportunity is also adding interest.

Representatives from Corporate and Community Relations introduced the Bachelor of Science in information technology (BSIT) at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce’s #TechThursday, appealing to those in attendance and through social media.

The new degree joins the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) as an option for students interested in a flexible, all-in-one degree option that makes use of the knowledge they’ve acquired through other education or job training to help them complete their educations.

Of particular interest to both potential students and employers is the consideration that 17 IT certifications might count toward their educations, said Nick Lacy, director of competency-based education and national relations. Many of these certifications are from leaders such as CompTia and Microsoft.

Scholarship offered

Both the BBA and BSIT are eligible for a $2,700 scholarship that covers the first six months of study. The annual cost for Brandman MyPath without the scholarship is $5,400 a year, including textbooks. The program is regionally accredited by WSCUC.

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The BSIT degree focuses on programming and software development, networks, operating systems, databases, security cloud computing and web design. Also included are project management and other employer-desired skills such as problem solving and interpersonal skills.

Those leadership skills are in demand for career advancement, said Lacy.

Job growth

According to both the federal and California labor statistics, more than 75 percent of the informational technology jobs require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Anticipated job growth is estimated at 18 percent nationally and 24 percent in California.

“When you graduate with a BSIT, you not only have the degree, you have six certifications. That content is embedded in the content,” said Lacy.

“More and more employers are focusing on cyber security and software and mobile development. We like the challenge of getting people who don’t have degrees, but are already working, to finish their degrees so they can continue to advance their careers,” said Lacy.

A much-needed option

While students who have been attending now closed institutions such as ITT Tech are not able to transfer credits directly to Brandman University because of differences in accreditation, they may still be able to use the knowledge they’ve gained to more efficiently complete a BBA or BSIT through Brandman MyPath, said Laurie Dodge, vice chancellor institutional assessment and planning.

“Competency-based education is an accessible, affordable and effective way for adult students, like ITT students – often supporting families, aging parents and significant financial responsibilities – to utilize their real-world knowledge to quickly complete their degree and ultimately achieve career advancement.”

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