Computer Information Students Prepare for Life After Ferris

Beyond the classroom, students can further their professional development by joining the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP).

This registered student organization is an opportunity for students in Computer Information Systems (CIS) and Computer Information Technology (CIT), as well as other computer related degrees, to develop the professional side of their college career. The organization hosts speakers, company tours, trips to a national conference, resume assistance, and anything else that might begin to prepare students for their futures.

President of the organization, Jay Reed, a senior in the Computer Information Systems program said, “Our goal is to connect students to a job or an internship.”

As president, Reed is the general assistant for the other executive board and general members. He lends a hand wherever it is needed during the planning stage of the group’s events. AITP travels to different companies to visit their Information Technology (IT) departments, server centers, or other relevant companies.

“We did a tour at the Gordon Foods Service building and I met the Human Resource Representative,” said Reed. “When I went to write my cover letter I was able to address it to her, mention the tour, and express how much I liked the company. I was offered an internship and now I will be joining their company as a part-time employee.”

AITP also visits the National Collegiate Conference every year with a few of their members. The conference is available for all AITP chapters. There are speakers, competitions, and reduced price certification testing for students. During the 2012-13 academic year, the students visited St. Louis, Missouri and were able to network, compete, and sight-see. This year the conference will take place in Atlanta, Georgia in April.

Reed said, “In the past we’ve had more Computer information Security students but as the Computer Information Technology program has grown, we have been able to offer more opportunities for those students.”

The Association of Information Technology Professionals focuses on life after graduation, a focus that largely follows the mission of Ferris State University. With networking opportunities and real-life application, AITP students are building themselves a successful and promising career.