Brandon CrossAfter finishing my enlistment in the United States Air Force as a Network Administrator I wanted to take advantage of my education benefits and pursue a career in Network Engineering. After doing extensive research I discovered UW-Stout, which I found was one of the few universities in the nation, if not the only, to offer courses focused on CCNP certification exams, a highly respected IT certification. At my time at UW-Stout not only did I receive a B.S. in Information Technology Management with a minor in Computer Science and a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certification I also managed to get a Cisco Certified Internet Expert (CCIE) certification, an elite IT certification with an average salary of $130,000. 

The UW-Stout ITM program has a lot to offer with courses in IP telephony, wireless communications, network design, and many other Cisco and Microsoft certification based classes. I highly suggest enrolling in the program and if you want to find an internship while in the program you will have no problem doing so. A well-paying job after graduation is almost a guarantee. Also, you may participate in student organizations such as AITP and likely be able to tell your parents that you beat up on schools like MIT, Purdue, and Texas A&M at annual NCC AITP competitions.

Brandon Cross
Associate Instructor, ITM program, UW-Stout

Adam KearnySince I was young, technology has always drawn me in, it’s what I always tended towards. After building my first computer in a summer science camp in high school, I knew I wanted to go to college and study something involving technology. While in high school, I took every computer application course that I could, took a networking fundamentals course at the local technical college, and worked for my School District’s Technology Coordinator. 

Since coming to UW-Stout, I have worked as Stout Media’s web designer, an Ask5000 campus support technician, an Information Security intern at Sentry Insurance, and an Engineering Associate at my co-op with Heartland Business Systems. During WinTerM my senior year, I received a LinkedIn message from a Google recruiter asking to setup a phone call to discuss an available position. That phone call led to a phone interview and that led to them flying me to Mountain View, California for an all-day interview. A few weeks later they offered me a job at their headquarters in Silicon Valley. I was able to graduate in four years, acquire dual minors in Computer Science and Business Administration, and land a job before graduation.

Adam Kearney

Cody LewandowskiChoosing UW-Stout and the Information Technology Management program has been one of the best decisions I have made. Throughout the four years that I have been at Stout, I have been amazed by the opportunities I have had both on and off campus. The hands on experience that Stout provides has be essential to my learning and success. The ITM program fully utilizes this hands-on approach and provides a great blend of technical and professional skills. This means that as a student, you gain the technical skills to build networks, deploy servers, setup phone systems and more, while gaining leadership, management and communication skills that are essential in a professional environment.  To me, this blend is what makes the ITM program at Stout so unique and valuable.

Because of these experiences, I have been able to work in two different internships, gain industry certifications, compete and succeed at national competitions, and ultimately receive a great job offer nine months prior to graduation. The faculty, administrators, and staff all want to see students to succeed and take every chance they can to support students. While I certainly enjoyed my education at Stout, I know that my experience is not unique.  If you have an interest in technology, UW-Stout's ITM program is definitely the way to go.

Cody Lewandowski

Alysse NockelsUW-Stout provided me with the fundamental knowledge required to succeed in my industry. The certifications, hands-on experience and knowledgeable faculty contributed significantly to my post-graduation success.

The ability to approach potential employers with a technical degree from a recognized institution and industry certifications proves most powerful during the job search.

In addition, real hands-on experience, supplied by the telecommunications lab, provided me the confidence and expertise to apply to my everyday job.

Alysse Nockels, '01
Systems Engineer at Lockheed Martin


Alumni featured here graduated under the former program name — Information and Technology Management (ITM).