Information Technology - Web and Software Developer
"As an online student, the instructors at WITC were always there for me. The instructors know the languages and the skills needed to thrive in an ever-changing programming environment. Programming and programming languages change and vary from company to company. The tools and classes that WITC offered enabled me to adapt to these changes.
I work for OnMilwaukee.com, a leading entertainment Web site in the United States. My day is all encompassing, including system administration, help desk support and obviously Web programming. All computer-related functions are taken care of by me and a lead programmer. Our lead programmer works remotely from Portland, Ore., so for me, taking online classes has been an asset to how we work as a team. Everything I learned at WITC prepared me to learn quickly and adapt to changing circumstances.
The instructors at WITC give you the building blocks to succeed in this ever-changing programming environment. I am thankful for their guidance and continued support - even after graduation."
"I became fascinated with the Internet and how it works as a teenager after getting a virus on my computer. I started my journey into programming by figuring out how to get rid of that virus. This introduced me to a new view of the Internet. After high school, I was looking to get a degree in information technology, but was never really interested in the older programming languages used only for desktop computing.
WITC's IT-Web Analyst/Programmer degree, which concentrates on programming for the web, offers a unique blend of classes to learn how to build web sites and applications. This was exactly what I was looking for, and it was unique to the area. I switched my job to be able to go during the day, but they also offered an online version that was available anytime. The classes are a good mixture of everything you need to be able to offer to employers, and two years later, I graduated with high honors.
I found a contracting position that hired students and recent graduates to work building websites at 3M in Maplewood, Minn. This was a great experience, and I was part of that program for a year before getting hired as a fulltime IT analyst. This position was on the 3M.com Analyst team, which utilized both tracks of my degree. I was primarily an analyst gathering requirements for improving or creating new components for websites - but also a subject-matter expert for any front-end website processes.
After a couple of years, I decided it was time to get a bachelor's degree. The cool thing about WITC, is the relationship it maintains with the UW system. I was able to transfer nearly all of my credits and attend UW-Stout online and graduate in two years with a B.S. in IT Communication Technologies. This degree has positioned me to take a leadership position within our group to lead a team of developers and build a new system.
I strongly feel that this program at WITC is valuable and contains a great blend of courses to start any type of programming career. Whether your passion is building out front-end websites with HTML, back-end applications with a server side language or defining requirements as an analyst, there are courses that teach all sides. We have hired other graduates from this program to work within our team, and I credit much of my success to this program and its instructors."