Rasmussen College School of Technology offers new certification options to increase employability of graduates

Friday, October 18, 2013

To further prepare graduates for employment in the IT field, Rasmussen College School of Technology today announced alliances with the CompTIA® Authorized Academy Partner Program, the EMC® Academic Alliance Program and the Microsoft IT Academy Program. Through the alliances, the School of Technology increases the rigor of its curriculum and expands to offer students access to more than 20 respected industry certifications.

Rasmussen's School of Technology faculty also receives access to academic coursework in some of the most in-demand IT fields including information storage and management, cloud computing, big data analytics and STEM-focused training and certification. In addition, these relationships enable faculty to easily stay current with their certifications.

"The technology industry is evolving rapidly. We need to keep our curriculum and certifications current with the demands of employers," said Eileen Long, Rasmussen College vice president of product management. "We are very pleased to have forged relationships with CompTIA, EMC and Microsoft to heighten the academic quality of our School of Technology programs and offer degrees valued by employers. Our students will leave Rasmussen with a competitive edge, entering the workforce with documented skills that will help them earn one of the thousands of high-wage IT jobs currently open."

Rasmussen College's School of Technology offers Bachelor's and Associate's degrees, as well as Diploma and Certificate programs in fields such as Computer Science, Software Application

Development, Information Security, Information Technology Management, Web Programming and Game and Simulation Programming. In recognition of the high value employers place on industry certifications, Rasmussen College provides all School of Technology students access to up to three certification exams and practice tests at no additional cost. For more information on Rasmussen College and the School of Technology, visit http://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/technology/.

ABOUT RASMUSSEN COLLEGE:

Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited private college specializing in high-demand educational programs in a supportive, student-centered environment. Rasmussen College offers Certificate and Diploma programs through Associate's and Bachelor's degrees online and across its 24 Midwest and Florida campuses. By combining career development expertise, high academic standards and exceptional student support services, Rasmussen College graduates gain the skills to succeed in their chosen field. Since 1900, Rasmussen College has been dedicated to being a primary contributor to the growth and development of the communities it serves. For more information about Rasmussen College, please visit www.Rasmussen.edu.

About the Academic Alliances

CompTIA is the leading provider of vendor-neutral skills certifications for the international IT workforce. The CompTIA Academy Partner Program is designed to assist academic institutions in enhancing the learning experience for students preparing for a career in information technology.

The EMC Academic Alliance Program (EAA) provides universities worldwide with EMC's curricula to educate the next generation of IT professionals, and help meet the industry's growing demand for advanced technology skills. The EAA Program offers unique, "open" curriculum-based education on technology topics such as virtualization, cloud computing, big data analytics, and information storage and management. The curriculum focuses on technology concepts and principles applicable to any vendor environment, enabling students to develop highly marketable knowledge and skills.

The Microsoft IT Academy program provides a complete IT education solution that helps differentiate students in today's competitive job market while broadening their employment opportunities. The program is designed to help drive employability, digital literacy, technical and STEM-focused training and certification, and 21st-century workforce development for students.