Information Technology

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Program of Study

Using interdisciplinary and experiential approaches, the Information Technology (IT) Program lays a solid technological and digital knowledge base leading to further study and professional advancement in this competitive field. Students work with outstanding faculty to demystify and navigate the world of technology, envisioning their futures in IT. Blending theory and practice, the inclusive, high-impact curriculum ensures consistent opportunities for students to experience and apply the information and skills they acquire.

IT majors explore and learn fundamental aspects of web design, database management, programming, security, communication networks, and more. In addition to identifying the structures and functions of various multimedia systems, students expand their abilities to select, create, apply, integrate, and administer them. Complementing curricular emphasis on applied knowledge, the Program provides students exciting opportunities and essential support for internships and certification.

Innovative and applied learning and valuable practical experiences develop student familiarity with the industry, giving them an edge in their continued IT education and enhancing their job qualifications. Thus equipped with information, skills, experiences in the workplace, and industry certifications, IT graduates are poised to thrive upon transfer to a baccalaureate program and entering an intellectually and financially rewarding career.

Philosophy

The Information Technology program prepares students for the technological workforce of tomorrow. To this end, we strive to enrich our students with basic and fundamental knowledge of the technologies that will govern our world of tomorrow and equip them with the skill and hands-on expertise needed at the workforce.

To promote career readiness within the curriculum, the Program implements course design and experiences that promote and incorporate the National Association of College and Employers (NACE) Career Competencies:

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
  • Oral/Written Communication
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Digital Technology
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism/Work Ethic
  • Career Management
  • Global/Intercultural Fluency

Industry Certification

Beginning in Spring 2019, the Information Technology (IT) Program has collaborated with Per Scholas to enhance our courses with IT industry certification. Per Scholas is an organization committed to closing the technological skills divide and preparing smart, dedicated people from underserved and underrepresented communities to work in key technical roles, creating transformative career opportunities for students and building a more diverse technical workforce.

Students in the IT Program are required to complete INFT 204: Internship in Information Technology, a course that fully embeds the NACE Career Competencies into major assignments throughout the semester and leads students to industry certification to further their IT careers. To date, students enrolled in this course have applied for certification in Network+. In the near future, industry certification will be expanded to additional IT courses and to include Comp TIA A+ and Cybersecurity.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Information Technology program, students will be able to:

  • Apply the principles of database management, computer and data communication networks, security, programming, web technology and software development to a given information technology problem;
  • Demonstrate proficiency with basic hardware and software-related tasks. Installing operating systems, assembling and disassembling a computer, installing software, setting up small networks, connecting peripherals;
  • Illustrate how technology is used in a business setting;
  • Apply technical knowledge and skills in devising solutions to business challenges;
  • Analyze the effectiveness of various technologies in a business or information technology scenario; and
  • Explain and apply professional and ethical behavior as promoted by international computing societies, such as ACM and AITP.

Information Technology News

November 1, 2019

Professor Hill to Deliver Keynote Address at Conference in Jamaica

Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Information Technology Dr. Dalvin Hill will deliver the Keynote Address at the Technology Day 2019 conference to be held at Church Teachers’ College, located in Mandeville, Jamaica on November 20, 2019. The focus of the conference is Integrating 21st Century Technologies: Implications for Classroom Pedagogy.

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July 2, 2019

Guttman Student Selected as 2019 America Needs You Fellow

First-year student Britney Puma has been selected as a 2019 America Needs You Fellow. The America Needs You (ANY) Fellows Program is a highly competitive, intensive, two-year program for high-achieving, low-income, first-generation college students. The program has four components: Intensive Career Development, One-on-One Mentorship, Robust Networks, and Holistic Support.

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May 8, 2019

Inaugural Amadou Diallo Memorial Scholarship Awarded

On May 2, Guttman Information Technology students Jacqueline Areas, Kouadio Serge Kouame, and Britney Puma were awarded the inaugural Amadou Diallo Memorial Scholarship, each receiving a $500 award. Established by Mrs. Kadi Diallo and the Amadou Diallo Foundation, this scholarship is named in honor of Amadou Diallo, who came to the United States in 1996 […]

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March 11, 2019

Faculty Scholarship – Scholarly Publications, Research Grants, and Presentations

During the fall of 2018, Guttman Community College faculty have continued to expand their published scholarship, earn distinguished awards and grants, and present their estimable research.

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February 6, 2019

Guttman Community College Students visit Infor

Guttman students taking Introduction to Management Information System were given a tour of the development lab (nicknamed “The Garage”) at Infor. Infor is the largest privately held technology company in the world. Some of their clients include the Brooklyn Nets, McDonald’s and the MTA.

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January 14, 2019

Guttman Professor Wins Grand Challenge

Dr. Dara Pir, Assistant Professor of Information Technology, achieved the 20th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI) 2018’s Top Performance in Eating Analysis and Tracking (EAT) Grand Challenge, Food Type Sub-Challenge. Dr. Pir was awarded with the Food Type Sub-Challenge Prize. His work is described in the ICMI 2018 Proceedings paper entitled “Functional-Based Acoustic Group Feature Selection for Automatic Recognition of Eating Condition.”

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November 28, 2018

Guttman Receives $50K Grant

New York, NY, November 28, 2018: Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, part of The City University of New York, has received a $50,000 grant from the HERE to HERE fund at the James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation. The grant will enable the College to restructure its existing Information Technology program to offer students […]

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September 27, 2018

Guttman Faculty Scholarship-Spring 2018-Scholarly Publications, Research Grants, and Presentations

In spring 2018, Guttman Community College faculty have published an impressive array of articles, books, and reports, received prestigious grants for their research and scholarship, and delivered important presentations at a variety of local, national, and international academic conferences and scholarly events. PUBLICATIONS Ryan W. Coughlan, Assistant Professor of Sociology, is the co-author of “Progressive […]

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