$50,000 Grant Focuses on the Purchasing of New Technology and Software
Principal has awarded a $50,000 grant in support of Des Moines Area Community College’s (DMACC’s) Information Technology and Network Administration (ITNA) program.
The demand for qualified Information Technology (IT) professionals remains high in Iowa. An Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) report in 2017 indicated that IT jobs are projected to grow by 34.6 percent from 2016-2026, compared to a national average of only 22.1 percent.
In addition, a 2014 Batelle Report shows that six out of every ten information technology workers are employed outside of computer and telecommunications industries, primarily in finance, insurance and manufacturing.
“The $50,000 grant allows DMACC to purchase new technology and software, along with additional training stations to expand program capacity,” said DMACC Foundation Executive Director Tara Connolly. “The DMACC ITNA program is an important resource for local employers, including Principal. The program produces highly qualified IT professionals that are prepared to excel in IT.”
The DMACC ITNA program is focused on meeting the need for highly-qualified IT professionals in the central Iowa community and providing students with a foundation in the basic technologies of computer networking. The program prepares students for careers in Computer Information Systems, Network Technology, Network Administration and Web Development.
“DMACC’s ITNA program strives to provide its students with the best IT education so that they are qualified to meet the needs of central Iowa employers,” said Jenny Foster, Associate Academic Dean of DMACC’s Industry and Technology. “It’s important to provide students with access to the technology they will work with in their careers. Without updated technology teaching labs and additional program space, our program will be unable to provide highly trained IT professionals to work in our local communities, and our students will not be receiving the best education possible.”
Visit DMACC’s ITNA program website