Butler University graduate Andrew Krummel said he wanted to find something that would make him feel like a “real” American, and not just a student who had a degree in computer science.
So he enrolled in an online course that would take him through his career in academia, interviewing candidates for positions ranging from assistant professor to director of a research lab.
“I had to put my career on hold,” Krumel said.
“It was just a very, very hard, painful decision.”
Krumels experience in the job market wasn’t unique to Butler.
As of last year, the average age of graduates of computer science degrees nationwide was 35, and nearly one in five graduates are over the age of 30.
But Krumelman said the school is looking to fill the gap with its “new” career pathway.
“They have an incredibly well-equipped curriculum that teaches you the fundamentals of computer-science and the tools and techniques that make it work,” Kramels professor of computer and information science, Andrew Krasher, said.
In other words, the program is designed to teach you the ins and outs of the computer science field.
“That’s the big thing that is so appealing about it, is that it’s a very open, easy-to-understand, hands-on approach to computer science, and the students get a chance to really put their skills to the test,” he added.
“A lot of the time, the best students are the ones who are really learning and working together.”
The program’s new emphasis on learning “from the ground up” will help the school fill the job gap with more graduates, and in turn, attract top computer science graduates from other schools.
“In the past, if you had a graduate program and you had some of the best software engineers, or the best hardware engineers, they wouldn’t get hired,” Krashers said.
And those graduates would get to “go home and be in their parents’ basements and not have to work for an employer.”
So the school wants to encourage the graduates of its program to “come and learn from the front line of the industry, the students and the staff,” Krupels professor, Jennifer Lott, said in a video about the program.
The university is also partnering with companies like Intel to train the graduates in the industry.
The company is offering up to $150,000 in grants for graduates of the program, which is expected to launch in the fall of 2019.
“We’ve been able to recruit from an array of companies that are looking to take advantage of this new, high-demand talent in the computer-sciences field,” Kriker said.
Kramel, Krumeli, and their classmates from Butler are all part of a group of students from more than 50 different colleges, universities, and companies who are looking for work in the field of computer sciences, Krasers said.
The program is the first in the country to launch with a cohort of computer scientists, and Krashels group has already received several offers, he said.
But the majority of the students enrolled so far have not made any money, Kramelf said.
They are focused on getting the most out of their program.
“One of the things that’s really exciting about our program is that we are able to make this kind of a transition from a small group of people, to a group that we hope will be able to support our students going forward,” Krams professor, Andrew Lott said.
A similar program is currently available at Stanford University.
“This program has shown that it can attract the most talented and brightest students,” Krahmel said.
Students who complete the program will have access to the following career paths: computer science instructor; software engineer; software developer; data scientist; software architect; software consultant; or researcher.
The students can also get a full-time job and a four-year associate’s degree.
The group will also provide mentorship to students, helping them understand the importance of a good resume.
But there are a few other requirements for the program: the students must be at least 18 years old, they must be fluent in English, and they must have a GPA of 2.0 or better.
The schools new program is expected in the spring of 2019 and students will start enrolling in the summer of 2019, Lott added.
If you have any questions about the new Butler program, you can email the school’s program director, Amanda Krumelf, at [email protected]