Meeting Demand for Technology Knowledge
Demand for technology professionals is growing at an increased pace, and it doesn't look like it will slow down anytime soon. The College of Information Technology works with industry-leading companies that influence curriculum development, which can lead students to meaningful careers in top IT organizations including Amazon, Apple, the U.S. Department of Defense, and many others.
“WGU's College of Information Technology offers comprehensive degree programs that equip students with sought-after skills, industry-recognized certifications, and a pathway to excel in the rapidly evolving tech industry.”
Interim Executive Dean and Senior Vice President, College of IT
- Received the National Security Agency’s Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (NSA CAE) designation, joining the top recognized cybersecurity institutions across the country. This designation opens the door to additional opportunities for both WGU and our students.
- Hosted WGU’s first-ever, free Virtual Cyber Camp NYC, led by WGU College of IT faculty members. For a week in July, 31 New York City high school students—including eight young women (26%)—explored the high-stakes world of cyber sleuths and data protection. Twenty-nine participants were from minoritized populations (95%).
- Women in Tech (WIT) club exceeded 1,800 in membership during the first quarter, and launched an alumni group for graduates.
- The WGU chapter of the security-related National Sword and Shield Honors Society reached more than 850 members, making it the largest chapter in the country.
- The student Cyber Club membership topped 5,000 members, and teams competed in the National Cyber League, National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, and the National CyberForce Competition.
- WGU Executive Staff
- IT Program Council
WGU Executive Staff
Interim Executive Dean and Senior Vice President/Dean of Cybersecurity
Master of Accountancy, Brigham Young University, Marriott School of Business
Vice President/Dean of Data Analytics
Ph.D. and an M.S., Bentley University
B.S., Babson College
Vice President/Dean of Computer Science and Software Engineering
Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
M.S., Ohio State University
B.Tech from IIT Kanpur
Vice President and Dean of Cloud Computing and IT Management
M.S., University of Denver
B.S., University of Nebraska
IT Program Council
Managing Director, Business Information Security Officer
Chief Data Scientist, National Technical Information Service, U.S. Dept. of Commerce
Ph.D., Binghamton University
Founder and CEO
M.S., Marymount University
Sr. Vice President (Global SME Manager - Corporate Technology Officer)
Ph.D., Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
David W. Ricker
Associate Director of Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence
M.A., John Carroll University
Certificate or Degree? Why Not Both?
For many technology professionals, the core question is whether a degree is "worth it," or if it's better to just earn industry certs. The College of IT provides education pathways that lead to both. Students earn valuable IT certifications while they earn their bachelor's or master's degree, increasing both the short-term and long-term value of their education. This makes them more marketable on the job market and valuable to employers of all kinds.
- AWS Academy
AWS Academy Member Institution: WGU integrates AWS-authorized learning content into its information technology, network operations and security, and cloud computing bachelor's degree programs, offering students an up-to-date AWS cloud computing curriculum.
Cyberwatch Member: WGU is an academy institution member of the National CyberWatch Center which objectives are: to support the national imperative for developing cybersecurity-educated professionals by providing educational, networking, and collaborative opportunities for faculty and their institutions to foster evidenced-based practices among the membership by providing software platforms and data that support collaboration, and to assist in the collection of data that can be used by all member schools as they create their cybersecurity organizational strategic plans.
Meet two-time WGU College of IT graduate, Rashaan, who showed persistence and determination, which led him to his dream job.