UNI Offering Bachelor of Arts in Technology Management and Master of Science in Technology
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa –The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for two cohort degree programs – Bachelor of Arts in Technology Management and Master of Science in Technology. The Technology Management BA program begins this summer and is designed for graduates of career and technical programs from Iowa’s community colleges and focuses on industry while incorporating an applied approach to critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills. The Technology MS program begins this fall and is intended to prepare and develop professionals to perform and function as leaders and skilled technologists in industrial environments.
In response to a documented shortage of skilled workers in Iowa’s advanced manufacturing sector, the 15 Iowa community colleges have formed the Iowa-Advanced Manufacturing (I-AM) Consortium, to collaboratively build the training capacity necessary to meet industry demand and arm Iowans with the skills they need to engage in Iowa’s workforce.
Manufacturing facts in Iowa:
- Iowa is home to approximately 5,980 manufacturing firms.
- Manufacturing contributed $27.6 billion to Iowa’s economy in 2011, representing 18.6 percent of the state’s total
- Iowa ranks sixth among all states in its percentage of GDP from manufacturing.
- The manufacturing sector’s 211,998 jobs accounted for 10.8 percent of Iowa’s total employment in 2011.
- More than half (53.4 percent) of Iowa’s manufacturing jobs are located in its non-metropolitan counties.
- The average manufacturing job in Iowa paid $2,983 in wages and salaries in 2012.
- Manufacturing accounts for 12.7 percent of total earnings in Iowa’s metropolitan areas and 19.4 percent of total earnings in non-metropolitan regions.
- Iowa exported $14.6 billion worth of manufactured goods to other countries in 2012.
The University of Northern Iowa’s Bachelor of Arts in Technology Management is designed to enhance the students proficient technical skills learned at a community college with exceptional manufacturing managerial and business competencies. Through a partnership with Iowa Community Colleges and the I-AM Consortium, students may easily continue their education by maximizing transferability and completing their Bachelor’s degree while working.
Courses for both programs are offered entirely online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. Both programs also use a cohort model in which students move together through the coursework, with the Technology Management BA degree to be awarded in the fall of 2017 and the Technology MS degree to be awarded in the fall of 2016. To learn more about these programs and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/technology.
For students who are able to attend courses on the UNI campus, these programs are also available in a face-to-face format. Contact Linda Reardon-Lowry at 319-273-2562 to learn more about on-campus options.
For information about additional offerings available from Continuing and Distance Education through the University of Northern Iowa, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.