4 Reasons to Launch a Company in School

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College is a great time for developing a strong social and professional network, exploring your interests, and of course learning a lot. It’s also a great time for launching a startup. Here are four great reasons why you should make the time to build a company while you’re in school. #1: You Will Get Earlier Experience Employers of all sizes love to see initiative, creativity, passion, leadership, and position-relevant skills (tech skills for tech firms, etc). Launching a startup as… continue…

IBM Expands Big Data Academic Program

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With the explosive growth in Big Data and the new jobs expected to be created around it — 4.4 million worldwide by 2015 – IBM’s working with more than 1,000 universities to prepare students to do them. Students and faculty are hungry for access to real-world data sets, software tools and experts to help them come up with solutions for real problems, Jim Spohrer, IBM Director of Global University Programs, told Dice News. As an academic initiative partner, IBM will… continue…

5 Tech Jobs You Can Get Without a College Degree

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The prohibitive cost of a traditional four-year college education — not to mention the recent doubling of interest rates on student loans — may leave some high school grads wondering if there’s another, more affordable path to a technology career. There certainly is, though it’s not nearly as clear-cut. It may include attending community college, getting certifications, learning and practicing on your own, and, hardest of all, gaining experience without having a real job. Do the work, and you can… continue…

Schools Push for Women Computer Scientists

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By Ji Hyun Lee It used to be that some professions were thought to be just for men — picture rugged firefighters, those thoughtful doctors in pharmaceutical ads and, of course, the hyperactive geek types associated with programmers of the Mark Zuckerberg kind. Another profession in which women have been missing out on is computer science. Despite the gender stereotype that women can’t do math, many tech leaders are adamant that women computer scientists have the capacity to elevate an… continue…

Cisco Looks to New Grads for UX Solutions

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The people at Cisco are smart enough to know that a key factor in the company’s future success will be the user experience. Specifically, if consumers can’t easily get its devices to do what they want them to do, they’re not going to be worth very much. As a solution, Cisco is hiring fresh college graduates and putting them to work on projects designed to make sure that customers find its products logical and easy to use. The idea is… continue…

Q&A: A Young Engineer Mulls Her Next Move

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Fei Xue is a newly minted software engineer who’s not only learning the ropes at her new job but is already thinking of her next career move. Xue, who joined MarkLogic 10 months ago after receiving her master’s degree in computer science from Yale, is looking to grow her software engineering career into one that will eventually morph into a software architect position. For now, however, she’s fine learning the ropes at her first job out of college. “I really… continue…

Tech Interns: Where You Can Make the Most Money

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If you’re a college student, don’t underestimate the importance of internships, even if graduation is years away. They remain one of the best ways to increase your chances of getting the kind of employment you want once you hit the job market. The myths about interns doing nothing but fetching coffee and making copies don’t apply so much to IT professionals, and the benefits are deep and long lasting. Not only will you come away with substantive work experience, your… continue…

Check Out These 5 Schools for Computer Science

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MIT, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon … The brand-name schools. What if those aren’t right for you? Don’t be discouraged. A number of colleges offer solid computer science programs. You just have to look for them. These five got Cat’s attention. See more stories about college technology and engineering programs here.

Georgia Tech Unveils $7K CS Master’s Program

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Georgia Institute of Technology is launching an online master’s degree program in computer science that’s expected to cost approximately $7,000, a staggering discount to its traditional $40,000 program, and a move that could have wide-ranging implications for not only other academic programs, but certification courses as well. “Although online courses have been around since the 1960s, the differentiation for our program is its low cost and the platform we use,” says Zvi Galil, Dean of Georgia Tech’s College of Computing.… continue…

BlackBerry Unveils 4-Year Women’s STEM Scholarship

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BlackBerry rolled out a “BlackBerry Scholars Program,” which the company describes as a first step in a global initiative to encourage more women to pursue STEM careers. The announcement was made at the BlackBerry Live event in Orlando, by Alicia Keys, who’s the company’s global creative director when she’s not in concert and recording albums. The program will provide full, four-year scholarships to “outstanding women” interested in technology careers, particularly in mobile. Says BlackBerry: “This scholarship program is the first… continue…