Harrison College School of Information Technology Honored for Education Workforce Innovation Efforts

Private Sector College’s APP/DEV Academy Recognized by the Indy Chamber’s Monumental Awards

Indianapolis, IN, December 11, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Harrison College, a private sector college serving more than 4,000 students worldwide, has received recognition from the Indy Chamber Monumental Awards for its commitment to excellence in education and workforce development. The institution’s APP/DEV Academy was recognized with a merit award in the category of Education Workforce Innovation. The Monumental Awards honor the most significant achievements by individuals, businesses and educational institutions that contribute to excellence in regional economic development, entrepreneurship, workforce development, architecture, design, engineering, construction and public art throughout the greater Indianapolis region.

Harrison College’s APP/DEV Academy is specially designed to help career-focused students become an integral part of the expanding IT field, one of the country’s fastest-growing industries. Prior to entering the program, a heavy interview and screening process matches the student with a paid software developer position in a host company that best suits the student’s skills, needs and intended career path following graduation.

Designed using a 12-month model, the program is segmented into four distinct quarters. The first quarter consists of three college-level introductory program courses. During the second quarter students have the opportunity to combine coursework alongside a 20 hour-per-week, on-site apprenticeship to gain first-hand experience with their host company and observe how the company does business. In the third quarter, students will work at their host apprenticeship site for a paid 30 hours per week, and will begin to gain tangible coding experience in addition to taking another three IT developer courses with the College. In the program’s final quarter, students will spend a paid 40 hours per week at their apprenticeship site while completing their third Microsoft certification.

At the completion of the 12-month program, enrolled students will have earned approximately $12,000, gained nine months of hands-on programming experience and will have completed 12 college-level IT courses within Harrison College’s School of Information Technology.

The program is presently available at Harrison College’s Indianapolis–East campus and Online. For additional information on the college’s APP/DEV Academy, visit http://careersuccess.harrison.edu/RNtoBSN.

“The demand for talented developers in the IT industry is at an all-time high, and is expected to grow by more than 20 percent by 2020,” said Joe Meadors, national dean of Harrison College’s School of Information Technology. “Often referred to as a ‘grow your own talent’ initiative’, this program is ideal for students interested in pursuing a career as an application developer. As a growing field, both nationally and in Indianapolis, we are proud and honored to receive merit recognition from the Indy Chamber, and we look forward to continuing to produce skilled candidates that contribute to Indianapolis’ workforce.”

“As a native of Indianapolis, I am particularly proud of this notable achievement for the college’s APP/DEV Academy, as it indicates the program’s success and contributions to this great city,” Dennis Trinkle, provost and chief academic officer of Harrison College. “As today’s IT jobs demand both a degree and industry certifications, Harrison College’s School of Information Technology has intentionally created this program that allows students to attain credentials and receive hands-on, real work experience that will allow them to apply what they learn in the classroom and better contribute to the innovative workforce of Indianapolis.”

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About Harrison College:
Founded in 1902, Harrison College is a career-focused institution of higher education serving more than 4,000 students worldwide. The institution grants associate and bachelor’s degrees across five schools of study: business, health sciences, information technology, criminal justice and veterinary technology, as well as through its culinary division, The Chef’s Academy. Harrison College offers students a customized learning environment that could include online, traditional classroom at one of its 11 campuses or two culinary schools, or through a combination of both. Harrison College campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) and the institution is a candidate with The Higher Learning Commission, an affiliate of the North Central Association (HLC-NCA). For more information, visit harrison.edu or call (888) 544-4422.
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