Aug 16, 2015 12:31 PM

SNHU to offer new program for veterans seeking careers in IT

MANCHESTER - Southern New Hampshire University has announced a new partnership to provide education, professional certification and job placement for military personnel through a new undergraduate information technology program.

"For many veterans, getting a college degree represents a very great change for them and opens up new possibilities,” Paul LeBlanc, president of the university told the Union Leader. “We’re leveraging the discipline, skills, and work ethic (military personnel) have, and then giving them the skills and expertise in Oracle database administration so they can have a new career.”

The new partnership involves the university, Warrior Transition Technology Training (WT3), an organization dedicated to providing returning service members with a path to education, certification and job placement in IT careers, and Oracle Academy, an IT educational company that provides software, curricula, support and certification resources.

Students participating in the partnership will be enrolled in a new undergraduate database administration concentration within the Bachelor of Science Information Technology (IT) program.

The concentration, which is also available to civilians, focuses on the development, implementation and administration of database systems as well as providing an understanding of database languages, according to the university.

Participants will use materials from Oracle Academy and, in addition to earning a bachelor’s degree, can sit for three exams to become an Oracle Certified Professional in database administration.

WT3 will provide military students with career guidance, will pay for the certification exams and help military graduates find jobs.

WT3 cofounder Chris Nichol said this program is a great match for military veterans and current servicemembers.

“A lot of these folks coming out of the service have mechanical and technical capabilities, maybe not IT experience necessarily, but have worked on missile systems, replaced boards on robotics systems, and (that experience) lends itself to this work,” Nichol said.

He praised the university for their interest in developing programs that meet the needs of veterans.

“They’ve really gone out of their way to develop a program that cares about the veterans, and cares about the active military in ways that other universities haven’t made happen," he said.


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