Frequently Asked Questions

Congratulations! By visiting our webpage, you are taking positive steps toward a brighter future. Many students like you have wondered how the program can help them create the career they've always wanted. We've compiled some of our most Frequently Asked Questions so you can find out a little more about our program, to see if it's right for you.
 

What is information technology?

Information technology refers to the electronic/optical communication of information. Some new telecommunications technologies include satellites, optical fiber, and cellular telephones. The convergence of telecommunications with computers has resulted in a wide range of new technologies and services such as local and wide area networks, electronic mail, voice mail, teleconferencing, personal communications networks and multimedia.

Are there jobs in information technology?

Yes! Rapid changes in technology, the proliferation of new information services and the deregulation of the telecommunication industry all have resulted in phenomenal growth in demand for professionals with combined expertise in business and telecommunications.

UW-Stout is located in the heart of Wisconsin's Chippewa Valley, one of the fastest-growing business and industry corridors in the state. UW-Stout's program centers on the development of new information technologies and services. Many telecommunications corporations are headquartered in major cities in the tri-state region. Included are major telecommunications technology companies, manufacturers, carriers, service providers and consulting firms. The financial institutions and services companies based here are major users of telecommunications facilities as well. Recent graduates of the program are working for Ameritech, Postalsoft, Todd Communications, Advantis, Midwest Manufacturing, G.E. Capital Consulting, Nortel, Mayo Clinic, U S West Communications, Elert and Associates, and other companies

Do I need a technical background to study information technology?

No! You do not need any prior background in technical fields, but you must be willing to learn some technical concepts, terminology, applications and scientific methods associated with the industry.

You can augment your course work by attending local trade shows and conferences and by participating in the Association of Information Technology Professionals, which invites quest speakers to campus and organizes field trips in the Chippewa Valley and Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

What is the BS degree in Information Technology Management?

TTo earn a degree, students take a number of classes including Telecommunication Systems Administration, Data Communications, Protocols and Interfacing Lab, Introduction to Telephony, Advanced Voice and Data Systems, Network Systems Design, Wireless Systems, Telecommunications Policy and Regulations, Introduction to Electrical Circuits, Digital Logic and Switching, Solid State Electronics, Electronic Communication Fundamentals, Digital Communications, Fundamentals of Microprocessors, Computer Science I, Computer Science II, Seminar, Introduction to Financial Accounting, and Corporate and Managerial Accounting.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis, and numerous opportunities exist for students enrolled in the telecommunications program to work in a variety of telecommunications-related areas on-campus.

How can I get work experience in information technology management?

Students may work as interns for telecommunications companies. Students also do "real world" class projects for clients in such areas as market research and planning new telecommunications systems and services and networks.

How do I get more information?

Contact Renee Gunderson, 206 Fryklund Hall, UW-Stout, Menomonie, WI 54751, call 715/232-5635 or e-mail at gundersonr@uwstout.edu.

 


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