Bowie State University, the historically Black educational institution in Maryland has established the new Department of Technology and Security at the university. The new department offers a bachelor’s degree program in computer technology, the only such program within the 12-campus University System of Maryland.
The new department trains students in cybersecurity, networking, and software development. Graduates will be qualified for jobs as information technology (IT) managers, information security analysts, computer network architects, and computer systems administrators, among others.
Enrollment in the university’s computer technology program has increased by 54 percent in the last five years. This past semester there were 261 students enrolled in the computer technology major. Previously, the program was housed in the computer science department.
The inaugural chair of the new department is Professor Lethia Jackson. Dr. Jackson is a summa cum laude graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University in Greensboro with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. She earned a master’s degree in computer science at North Carolina State University and a doctorate in computer science from George Washington University.