Herkimer County Community College announced new science, technology, engineering and mathematics degree programs in mobile applications development, mathematics business and computer science.
“We are committed to preparing our students for the jobs of the future. By introducing new STEM programs and enhancing existing ones, our students will develop critical skills needed for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Dean of Academic Affairs Michael Oriolo in a news release.
The programs will focus on developing research and analytical skills.
Mobile applications development is designed to provide students with the technical skills needed to develop applications for mobile devices.
“Our students will understand mobile concepts to design and develop new and innovative applications for mobile devices,” assistant professor Annette Yauney said in the release.
The program will prepare students for entry-level jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities in today’s mobile design and development industry.
The mathematics program goals are to prepare students to solve mathematical problems using mathematical techniques and technology. Students will receive a foundation in algebra, calculus and statistics. Upon completion of a four-year degree, graduates will be prepared for employment in industrial or governmental laboratories, actuarial work or teaching mathematics.
“The college is proud to announce the launch of the nation’s first two-year degree in quality assurance,” science instructor Jessica Kelly said in the release.
The program will prepare graduates for a job market which emphasizes measurement and inspection, leading to the production of quality products in the areas of business and science.
“Quality assurance and control specialists devise, implement and track the adherence to procedures designed to meet the objectives of industry and legislated standards,” Kelly said.
The computer science program is a transfer program for students planning to pursue a baccalaureate degree. The curriculum has emphasis on programming theory, object-oriented programming and data structures. Graduates are prepared to transfer to a four-year college at full junior status. Successful students will be able to write software using the C+ programming software. Articulation agreements have been formed with SUNY Oswego, SUNYIT and SUNY Potsdam.
In addition to the four new programs currently enrolling students, Herkimer is in the process of reintroducing the engineering science program. Pending approval by the State Education Department, the program will prepare students for transfer to a four-year engineering program in mechanical, civil, electrical or environmental engineering.