IT Industry Panel Shares Insights at UNG

IT Industry Panel SpeakersWe had a great number of our 350+ computer science and information systems majors turn out for the IT Industry Panel discussion at the University of North Georgia’s Dahlonega campus. Seven industry insiders, from IBM and all the way to local IT firms in Dahlonega, Gainesville, and Cumming shared their experience and insights with our CS students and faculty.

Panelists included retired IBM VP JoAnne Taylor, Cox Enterprises Director Tony Cox, Software Engineer and NG Alumnus Scott Hand, Steve Melnick from Halski Systems, Shawn Brown – CEO of Snap Technologies, Robert Brown – alumnus and Lead Developer at GetUWired, and UNG’s own Career Services Director Dora Ditchfield.

Over the course of an hour and a half, students learned what skills and experiences IT employers in the region are looking for, and they heard how bright the outlook is for CS/IS/IT graduates for the next several years. “There are just more jobs than there are qualified people to fill them,” remarked one panelist.

Update: The UNG News’ Mike Marshall did a great job covering the event for the university’s news site. Check out the full article here:


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Author of Teach Your Kids to Code, Speaker, and Professor of Computer Science at the University of North Georgia.

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