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By Kaylor Jones
Professional Writing and Psychology, Honors College

In December of 2017, we watched with pride as the first IT graduates from the College of Science, Engineering and Technology walked across the stage, diplomas in hand. Developing and maturing along with the program, our first four grads had the privilege of being the trailblazers of a new program.

Launched in August 2014, Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology saw its first graduates in Paul Rodriguez, Jake Womer, Bridgette Smith and Timothy Prescott. The four share a passion for IT and the dedication it takes to be the first of many in a newly implemented program.

Rodriguez says that one of the most rewarding parts of the program was getting to spend time with the students he shared classes with. “It’s been like me hanging out with all my friends. We’ve gotten really close,” he shared.

Smith said that being a part of a new program was a bit like being a “course developer.” Over time, the IT program became better molded to fit the industry needs and ensure the students entered the workforce as knowledgeable and well-rounded employees. The degree emphasizes labs and projects over lecture time, placing value on hands-on learning.

This experience paid off, as three of the IT students had already secured jobs in the field before graduating. The other, Womer, is studying for his Cisco Certified Network Associate certification.

Rodriguez, who works in IT security at GCU, says that GCU is producing the next thought leaders in technology through not only the hands-on experience they are gaining, but the adaptability they develop during their time at the university. Lopes definitely know how to go the extra mile, as evidenced by our four impressive IT grads setting the path for many to follow.

To learn more about the well-developed and transfer-friendly information technology program offered by Grand Canyon University’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology, visit our website or click the Request More Information button on this page.

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By Neal Adam, PhD
Faculty, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce one of my students. Rachel Kawakami was a student in my BIO-182 (Intro Biology) and BIO-365 (Biostatistics) classes. She is from Ka’a’awa, Oahu, and is a senior here at GCU, majoring in biology with an emphasis in pre-medicine. She had the opportunity to participate in a summer research internship.  This is what Rachel has to say about her 2017 summer research internship:

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Morgan Melton is junior at Grand Canyon University and studying information technology with an emphasis in cyber security. Morgan’s favorite memory since being a GCU student takes us back to his freshman year: He had just transferred into his first computer class and knew nothing about the subject. He went to his professor’s office and told him, “I know nothing special about computers, but teach me everything you possibly can.”

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At Grand Canyon University, the entrepreneurial spirit flows through every program. As students pursue their degree, they are encouraged to explore their passions and take initiative in their academic journey and career.

Recently, a group of students enrolled in GCU’s computer science and information technology programs have demonstrated what it means to embody this entrepreneurial spirit.

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