Employment trends show that the demand for information technology professionals has never been greater and is likely to continue as the economy recovers and a growing variety of organizations recognizes the need for workers with IT skills, according to a press release from Elmhurst College.
On Saturday, January 19, Elmhurst College will offer a free, wide-ranging information seminar for those interested in moving into the field of information technology, or for those currently working in IT who are ready to take their career to the next level.
At the Information Technology Career Transitions Seminar, experts in the fields of IT and career education will discuss the skill sets needed to succeed in IT, and will help seminar participants determine their transferable skills and how they can be applied in this fast growing industry.
Presented by the Center for Professional Excellence and the School for Professional Studies at Elmhurst College, the IT Career Transitions event also will provide valuable information about IT degree and certificate programs and career opportunities available.
The panelists include:
- Ryan McElrath, Americaneagle.com: As chief technology officer at the website development and e-commerce company, McElrath has been involved in the development and hosting of hundreds of web sites for clients such as the White House, the Chicago Transit Authority, the Chicago Bears and Weathertech.com.
- Peter Greetis, Ada S. McKinley Community Services: Greetis exemplifies the successful IT career transition. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in English, then earned a master of science degree in computer network systems from Elmhurst College some 20 years later. He is the IT director for Ada S. McKinley Community Services in Chicago, one of the five largest charities in Illinois.
- Tania Osborne-Carrasco, Chicago Mercantile Exchange: After earning her master’s degree in computer network systems from Elmhurst College in 2003, Osborne-Carrasco now is director of the data center engineering team at CME Group, one of the world’s largest futures options exchange. She oversees her team's enterprise projects and the 24/7 support of mission-critical infrastructure of domestic and international data centers and hubs.
- Irene Johnson, ComEd: Johnson’s career has spanned numerous departments in ComEd (an Exelon company), including nuclear operations, customer operations and distribution operations. In her current role as ComEd’s mapping and records manager, she has spearheaded numerous first-of-a-kind initiatives—such as the green mapping initiative—that have brought ComEd mapping into the 21st century.
- Mike Stenson, City of Elmhurst: Stenson is the information technology manager for the City of Elmhurst, and has more than 14 years of experience in information technology, data security and telecommunications in municipal government. He has a master's degree in computer network systems from Elmhurst College, and certification as a government chief information officer from the University of North Carolina School of Government.
The IT Career Transitions Seminar will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center, 190 Prospect Ave. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. A light breakfast will be provided. The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, go to www.elmhurst.edu/itcareers. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (630) 617-3300.
Source: Elmhurst College