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Women encouraged to explore IT careers at Dec. 15 event

Dec. 8, 2016

Nicolet College is inviting women interested in careers in information technology to attend a special event Thursday, Dec. 15, to learn about the many possibilities this high-demand career field has to offer.

“Over the years we’ve seen more women enter the IT field and want to encourage even more to do the same,” said Nicolet Director of Enrollment Erika Warning. “It’s a fantastic career field that pays well with job demand expected to grow into the foreseeable future.”

The Women in IT event will run from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Information Technology Lab on the first floor of the Tamarack Center on the Nicolet campus.

Area employers along with Nicolet IT students and staff will be on hand to talk about the different careers in IT and the training available at Nicolet to enter the field. Information will also be available about financial aid, scholarships, and Nicolet’s admission process, along with hands-on activities.

Nicolet currently offers seven different college credentials in IT. These start with short-term training certificates which ladder into one-year diplomas and culminate in two-year associate degrees in Web Development or Computer Support.

“We’re finding that many students use the certificate or diploma to land a job in the field and then continue taking classes to earn their associate degree,” Warning said. “This way they gain experience in the field and make money while they work toward an associate degree, which makes them even more valuable in the eyes of employers.”

Nicolet’s latest Graduate Employment Survey shows IT associate degree graduates earn among the highest starting salaries of all Nicolet graduates. In 2015, Web Development graduates reported a median starting annual salary of $47,795 and Computer Support graduates a median salary of $47,241.

Nicolet also has several credit transfer agreements with four-year campuses for those who have their sights set on earning a bachelor’s degree in IT or related business fields. These campuses include the Milwaukee School of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Stout, UW- Platteville, Franklin University, and the University of Upper Iowa.

Click here for more information about Nicolet’s IT program or the Women in IT event or call the college at (715) 365-4493, 1-800-544-3039, ext. 4493; TTY 1-800-947-3529 or 711 relay.

The event is 100 percent funded by a federal Perkins Act grant in the amount of $30,806.