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BSC’s New Business Information Systems Technology Baccalaureate Degree Program Begins this Fall

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    Monday, May 23 2011
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

(Bluefield)—A new baccalaureate degree program that will be offered for the first time at Bluefield State College this fall will provide students with an opportunity to tap into one of the information systems, one of the nation’s fastest-growing and financially-rewarding fields.  The Business Information Systems program offered through the BSC School of Business will integrate business and computer science courses, preparing students for jobs with excellent starting salaries and bright futures.

“Students in the program will acquire a skill set that is in great demand in today’s business environment,” noted Dr. Steve Bourne, Dean of the BSC School of Business.  “We are collaborating with the BSC School of Engineering Technology and Computer Science to offer a program that addresses the need for employees in an increasingly digitized public and private business sector.  This degree combines the best of both worlds for our students.”

Bourne said the program at BSC is both accessible and affordable for students throughout southern and southeastern West Virginia and surrounding areas.  The closest similarly designed program is located at Marshall University.  “The very solid starting salary in this occupational field enables program graduates to enjoy high standard-of-living,” he continued.  “When compared to the average per capita incomes in West Virginia, BSC Business Information Systems program graduates project to rank within the top 25% of the state’s workforce.  It’s also important to note that this program will serve as an economic development tool for BSC’s service region.”

The program received West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission approval at HEPC’s April meeting.  “Chancellor Brian Noland has noted on numerous occasions that higher education must prepare graduates to meet the demands of the 21st century workplace,” Dr. Bourne added, “and this program is well equipped to do so.”

Individuals interested in learning more about the new Business Information Systems baccalaureate degree program at Bluefield State College are encouraged to contact Dr. Bourne, 304-327-4087 or sbourne@bluefieldstate.edu ).