Bay College Signs Computer Networking Agreement with LSSU | News, Sports, Jobs
ESCANABA — Students planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer networking have a clear transfer path with the updated transfer agreement from Bay College and Lake Superior State University (LSSU). Students will earn an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Network Systems and Security at Bay College and transfer seamlessly to LSSU’s School of Computer Science and Mathematics in Sault Ste. Marie to obtain a bachelor’s degree in computer networks in two additional years.
Recognizing the educational and economic development needs of the citizens of Delta County, Bay College and LSSU have partnered since 1989, providing local bachelor’s degree programs and clear transfer pathways to degrees in Sault Ste. Married.
“Bay College is delighted to continue our partnership with LSSU in the area of computer networking,” says Mark Highum, Dean of Business and Technology. “We are pleased that this new partnership of a 2+2 will allow for a smoother transition and a better experience for transfer students.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2022 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the position of computer network and systems administrator requires a bachelor’s degree, and administrators earn an average of $80,600 per year. While the projected job growth rate from 2020 to 2030 is below the average for all occupations, approximately 25,000 vacancies per year are projected for network and computer system administrators as workers leave the population. active due to retirements or job transfers. Networking majors can also advance in their career to work in network information security roles where job growth prospects are 33%, much faster than average, and the median salary is 102 $600 per year.
“This new articulation agreement will ease the transition of Bay College students to LSSU,” adds LSSU Professor Evan Schemm, chair of the School of Computer Science and Mathematics. “It seamlessly takes Bay’s two-year associate’s degree and integrates it with LSSU’s four-year bachelor’s degree requirements. Students will be able to focus on the requirements of each institution, with LSSU’s bachelor’s degree building on Bay Associate’s degree coursework and labs. Bay and LSSU have intensive hands-on lab courses, which allow graduates to start their careers with confidence”
Students willing to stay local also have the option of earning bachelor’s degrees in accounting, business, criminal justice, education, general studies, and nursing, without ever having to leave the main Bay campus in Escanaba or the west campus in Iron Mountain. . Students may contact Heidi Rife, Director of LSSU’s Escanaba-Iron Mountain Regional Center, for transfer assistance. Rife serves as an on-site counselor at Bay College, helping students prepare for transfer and further their education through LSSU.