By Barnaby Frumess, September 2015
I am the prototypical student for this program. With no hyperbole, I can state that, on the first day of my first course, I was an absolute novice. My experience with computers was relegated to work environments: I had updated customer profiles at a car dealership; I had prepared spreadsheets for the local government entity; I had done research at my college institution. I was an “end-user”—a four-letter word in the IT community! I was an imbiber of applications, before the buzzword “apps” took off thanks to the prevalence of smart phones.
I can honestly say that I was surprised to be accepted into the program without a computer science background. But herein lies the very crux of why Utica College is exceptional. The confidence is present, among the professorship and administration alike, that you will be taught what you need to know. This may differ from many, or even all, other institutions providing distance-learning in that those who teach come from the industry and, indeed, still remain working in industry.