Hands-on experience, big rewards
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. 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. And internships are a major component of the program.
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.
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Snapshot of Success
Name: Adam Beltran
Hometown: Sheboygan Falls
Eighteen years after graduating from high school, Adam graduated from college.
Between ceremonies, he worked at a couple of Sheboygan factories and got an associate’s degree before enrolling at Lakeland in 2010. Now he’s excelling at one of the most highly regarded companies in Wisconsin – ACUITY, where he writes and modifies programs for commercial insurance.
“It’s awesome,” he says of his job. “It’s very challenging. I only know a fraction of what I will know a year from now. It probably takes between two and two-and-a-half years to learn everything.”
Adam’s interview process at ACUITY, which included a phone conversation and two personal visits, totaled about eight hours. He says Lakeland’s liberal arts based education and its computer science curriculum thoroughly prepared him to take on the competition. For example, few state colleges teach COBOL language, which happens to be a staple atACUITY. Adam also lauds Lakeland’s career development department, which helped him polish his resume and introduced him to job fairs, mock interviews and speed networking.
“Lakeland really reinforced a couple of key things for me,” Adam says. “One is to think for yourself; don’t just go along with everyone else all the time. And the other is that when you make a claim, either verbally or on paper, you have to be prepared to back it up with evidence.
“Overall, what Lakeland does is open your eyes to the world and help you understand things on a macro level. It really makes you a well-rounded person.”