EOU, Cayuse Technologies Effort Should Result in Graduates of New Computer Programing Certificate

July 2012, CUJ

LA GRANDE - Eastern Oregon University and Cayuse Technologies have announced the first of what promises to be many graduates with Certificates in Computer Programming.

Three of the four graduates are current Cayuse Technologies employees who have worked on their own time to obtain the certificates. The other graduate is from the local community and took classes at Cayuse Technologies with other employee and community members.

Graduates are William Hampton and Cayuse Technologies’ employees Brady Murry, Jack Warrington and Jack Peters.

Cayuse Tech and EOU have worked together since 2008 to develop a plan to address Cayuse Tech’s need for trained technical professionals and EOU’s interest in serving the communities and students it serves with well-planned, accessible and relevant education.

As a result of those efforts, EOU’s Computer Science Professor Richard Croft, Cayuse Technologies’ Alanna French, and Accenture’s David Stich, developed four certificates of completion in Computer Science, providing quickly obtained, accredited credentials for students, and better-prepared employees for Cayuse Technologies.

In the fall of 2011, the first of the courses required for the Certificate in Computer Programming was offered on-site at Cayuse Technologies two evenings a week. The course, CS 161, was taught by Greg Schulberg, a Cayuse Technologies employee whose background met EOU’s accreditation requirements. Schulberg then taught the other required courses, CS 162 and CS 260, winter and spring terms, also in the evenings and on-site. Those courses are the foundation for the other three certificates: Certificate in Intermediate Programming, Certificate in Systems Engineering, and the Certificate in Web Authoring.

Schulberg will again teach the same courses on behalf of EOU during the 2012-13 academic year. Classes will be offered on-site at Cayuse Technologies in the evenings.

Information and details may be obtained by contacting Marie Hall, Umatilla-Morrow Center Director/Adviser.

This story originally appeared in the CUJ.The Confederated Umatilla Journal is the monthly newspaper of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Pendleton, Oregon.