Bethel College plans to add a Computer Science major in the fall of 2019. School officials say the program has been established due to the increase in regional and national demand for skilled tech and software developers.
Bethel commissioned a study conducted by STAMATS that found northern Indiana has a deficit in computer science workers, despite over 220-percent growth in Computer Science degrees awarded in the area over the last five years.
“This program is designed to prepare graduates to serve the needs in our communities for tech-savvy, computer literate, skilled thinkers and workers who can tackle with expertise, innovation and integrity the challenges posed by technology,” says Chair of the Department of Mathematical & Engineering Sciences Alice Ramos, Ph.D.
Several people and organizations have granted funds to renovate current classrooms into two computer labs, one instructional lab and one collaboration lab for case studies. Students in the program will participate in competitions such as the International Collegiate Programming Contest and attend national conferences like the International Conference on Supercomputing.