Work with a Faraday Cage. Learn to stay a step ahead of cyber criminals. Experiment with a 3D printer and robotics. Refurbish scrapped computers in our lab. Lakeland's computer science program is an all-encompassing foray into the ever-changing world of computers and how they work. Here, you won't focus on just programming, database or system analysis. You'll learn it all, with multiple classes that span all disciplines.
“As a computer science student at Lakeland, you don't have to specialize,” says Cynthia Lindstrom, assistant professor of computer science, who has a doctorate in computing and information technology and has more than 20 years of corporate computer science experience. “In fact, you can't specialize here. You will be a generalist; you will know a little bit about everything. And that's what businesses are looking for today.”
Land with a big company
Recent Lakeland College computer science graduates have landed jobs at Briggs & Stratton and General Electric in Milwaukee, Kohler Co. in Kohler and The Manitowoc Company in Manitowoc, among many others. In addition, Lindstrom says, internships are a regular part of the program.
“One of the best things students can put on their résumés is that they have actually worked, hands-on, with many of the companies in our area. We have numerous internships going on every term and during the summer, and we try to get our students internships that match their interests.”
Computer Science at Lakeland
One of Lakeland's newer and most popular classes is forensics, which involves the discovery and recovery of data – often as it relates to crime and cybercrime. This type of expertise is more and more valued, particularly in the areas of law enforcement and corporate law.
That's where a Faraday Cage comes in. In a Faraday Cage, a computer is shielded from Wi-Fi signals and therefore can't be accessed or tampered with remotely. It's called a “computer seizure.” Information can't be retrieved or erased. It's a vital tool in legal cases and the use of a Faraday Cage allows computer evidence to hold up in court.
“Companies expect our graduates to know how to prevent cybercrime,” says Lindstrom. “Forensics is a fun course and the students love it.”