Information Technology (IT) at Minnesota School of Business in Blaine has achieved an important milestone as staff and students have combined to form only the second Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) student chapter within the Globe Education Network. John Daley, Information Technology Program Chair, noted the 10th and 11th student members had joined AITP as of January 3, giving a sufficient number of IT student members to apply to AITP to formally designate the Blaine student chapter.
Approximately 25 people attended the first meeting of the student chapter on December 14 with guest speaker Paul Calatayud, Director of Security Strategy for United Health Group. Calatayud, who obtained his B.S. in IT from Minnesota School of Business, spoke on “Career Strategies and Trends in Information Technology,” an important and timely topic for IT students.
“I anticipate that our new student chapter will help leverage the advantages of the new IT rack server recently installed by Dave Hagel,” said Daley. “In fact, some students have suggested performing exercises on the server as a centerpiece for a future meeting.”
According to Daley, the professional AITP chapter in Minnesota, the Northwest Chapter, has provided job leads for IT students that are quite valuable and have been passed onto our students both directly and via career services. AITP also sent a representative who attended our student meeting and will join our Program Advisory Committee. Daley adds that AITP is a partner with Robert Half Technology, which can be a key partner in helping increase placement of IT graduates.