BURLINGTON COUNTY, NJ – Remote working and distance learning have become a big part of life during the coronavirus pandemic. While these lifestyles are not as prevalent in 2021 as they were a year ago, they still exist and still present an opportunity for hackers.
And while the tech industry is among the nation’s fastest growing work force, one of the areas that has seen the biggest gap between industry needs and qualified candidates is cybersecurity. Burlington County Rowan College (RCBC) officials said this week.
Businesses small and large alike need cybersecurity professionals more than ever. The college’s new podcast will provide information on what the local community college can do to help.
Information Technology Instructor Paul Warner, Deborah Chief Information Officer Rich Temple and Alassane Togola, a RCBC Information Technology alumnus, will talk about all things IT and cybersecurity in the next podcast, which will be featured in line Friday, officials said.
They will cover what makes RCBC programs different from other colleges, what it is like to study and find a mentor at RCBC, and how RCBC prepares its students for careers in the IT field. Listeners can log in here.
âAs an instructor, my goal is for every student in my program to learn,â Warner said. âAlassane wanted a job in IT, and he searched for jobs online and found the skills he needed. He would then ask me to show him how to master these skills, so that he could pass an interview equipped with this experience. One of the best things we do here is empower our students in this way. We have students who teach and share their knowledge with other students. In fact, I have several students who want to come back and teach. They enjoy the program, and will fit right into it because they went through it. ”
Togola, who immigrated to the United States from Mali, West Africa in 2014, is now a Junior System Administrator for Qnectus. He thanks Warner for always making himself available to students, both inside and outside the classroom.
As a student at RCBC, Togola often extended his time on campus until the evening, meeting with Warner to ask questions and choose his brain on all things computing.
âThe more we talked, the more I realized that (IT) is something I would like to do,â Togola said. “I’ve always had questions, and he always made himself available to answer them.”
RCBC computer courses offer a lower student-teacher ratio, with an average of around 15 to 20 students. Students often hear from industry experts, including Rich Temple, who attended several town halls, talking to students about the industry applicability of the skills they learn in the classroom.
The college also partners with employers to ensure their programs meet industry standards. Temple says the college is always improving.
âI am very impressed with RCBC,â said Temple. âIn many cases, I would rather hire someone from RCBC rather than a private school for $ 70,000 per year because RCBC, under Paul’s leadership, provides students with a real-world experience. They contextualize it. Learning for Practical Applications Beyond that, Paul is keenly interested in student development and making himself accessible to students.
âWe have students employed in a wide range of cybersecurity,â Warner said. âEmployers are looking for our students because we receive many requests for internships and opportunities. In fact, 12-14 of my students now work full time for Lockheed Martin. Some students will come back and tell me that they are making more money. than their parents. “