SUNY Broome’s BIT programs link students with successful careers
No matter what career you’re pursuing, digital technology is increasingly the key to success.
Enter SUNY Broome’s Business Information Technology (BIT) programs, which link students to skills they’ll need in a variety of careers, including their own businesses. A fully online AAS degree program in Business Information Management also ensures that students can get the training they need while working around their own schedule.
BIT courses cover a range of cutting-edge fields, including social media management, business analytics, big data and mobile web app development, as well as industry certifications in Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office. Students learn to combine technical savvy with business skills, whether to become the go-to person in the office, market a creative project or invent the next must-have iPhone app.
“From the classroom, the instructors were always willing to answer questions in regards to the material,” said graduate Theresa Hogan, now web applications developer for Willow Run Foods. “I love the fact that the program included internships. This helped take the skills from the classroom to use on live applications. This allowed me to grow into my field choice and lead me to my current job. ”
Technology keeps on changing – and SUNY Broome’s BIT programs stay on the cutting edge. To that end, the college offered its first course on designing mobile apps last spring.
“Building mobile apps is a necessary skill for developers today, because just about every Web application must also be useable on a mobile device,” BIT chair Sandra Wright recently told the Community College Journal.
BIT offers the following Business Information degrees:
- Business Information Management: General allows students to couple credits in any field with five BIT courses, allowing them to update their technology skills and earn a degree quickly. It’s a great option for visual and performing artists who want to market their talent online, as well as teachers at all levels who want to enhance their instructional technology skills with the use of smartboards, tablets, apps and multimedia tools.
- Business Information Management: Office Technology allows students to combine core office technology skills with business or additional computing skills. It prepares students for careers as administrative assistants, secretaries, computer application specialists or program coordinators, or for civil service office positions. An Office Technology Certificate is also available.
- Business Information Management: Desktop Publishing combines art classes with the technology needed to create print, web and social media solutions. It addresses a skill set that’s increasingly important in marketing, public relations, entrepreneurship and management. A certificate is also available for this program.
- Business Information Management: Website Development and Management combines visual design, marketing savvy and technology skills, enabling students to create attractive and functional websites. Students also will learn to create mobile apps for tablets, smartphones or desktop systems. A certificate is also available.
- Office Administration combines IT skills with business communication and management, preparing students for one of the largest and most stable career areas available. Career options include work in businesses, law offices, medical offices, schools, colleges and nonprofits, as well as a virtual assistant, providing support to small businesses and other professionals from your own home.
“I originally registered in the SUNY Broome BIT Web Development degree program for the purpose of expanding my marketable skills. I was deep into a two-year job search, and I needed to expand my skill set based on what I was seeing in the job market,” said Kim Bush, creative director and owner of Greene-based Evergreene Graphics.
Bush took the skills she learned in the program to build a freelance business website and ultimately leave the corporate world. She is now a full-time entrepreneur.
“My business is showing a profit in less than 18 months,” she said. “The BIT courses gave me the confidence to develop, maintain and expand my business website, which is critical to business growth.”
When it comes to jobs, digital fields have a strong outlook. A 2013 survey conducted by MIT Sloan Management Review and Capgemini Consulting found that 78% of executives and managers in a variety of industries believed that digital transformation will become critical in their organizations over the next two years.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected a 20.1 percent employment growth for web developers between 2012 and 2022, nearly twice the 11 percent average for all occupations. Web developers also ranked in ninth place on US News’ list of 100 Best Jobs of 2014 based on the number of expected openings, advancement opportunities and salary expectations.
In New York State, professional and businesses services saw the second greatest interest in jobs – more than 24,400 – between March 2013 and March 2014, mainly in administrative and support services, and professional, scientific and technical services.
Ben Giordano, project manager for the Binghamton-based web design firm Freshysites, said that his company always looks at current and graduated students from SUNY Broome when hiring.
“I’m very proud to be a part of the BIT Department at SUNY Broome,” he said. “ This department and their leadership are always pushing the envelope to find ways to integrate real world lessons and build up real world skill sets in their students that will get them ready to go to work in the current tech marketplace.”
For more on BIT programs, visit https://www.sunybroome.edu/web/www/businessinfo.