Mar 16, 2016 11:22 AM EDT

Wisconsin Offers Increased Technology Employment Opportunities

Wisconsin is experiencing a rise in technology jobs as the state now ranks as the 20th in technology employment in the United States.

Chippewa Valley Technical College in Wisconsin said that as the current technology boom affects nearly all industries and jobs, they are adding more technological programs in their curriculum so that students could be able to satisfy the growing demands of the various industries.

"Technology is the wave of the future and if you don't move with technology, you're going to get left behind in almost any facet of work you do nowadays," said Neil Tanula, a CVTC student.

Such technology jobs include database administrators, computer support specialist, software developers, cyber security experts, network engineers, and technology manufacturers.

CompTia, a non-profit information technology association stated that Wisconsin has added 4,000 of such jobs from 2014 to 2015. This figure is expected to increase this year.

Chippewa Valley Technical College belongs to the Wisconsin Technical College System. It serves a total of 11 counties in the surrounding areas. The institution boasts of the largest campus in the Eau Claire. It also maintains major regional campuses in River Falls, Neillsville, Menomonie, and Chippewa Falls.

The college offers a wide range of business and technological courses. Their current programs include Nano Engineering Technology, Accounting, Business Management, Medical Assistant and many more.

With the continuing advancement of technology, the college believes that it needs to add more tech-programs to its curriculum. Such programs will include Mobile Applications Developer and Drone Certification which the college will offer this summer.

"For the foreseeable future, it will certainly continue to grow," said Lynette Livingston, Dean of Business and Academic Initiatives at CVTC.

"I think it's a very safe area to go into and suspect that there will be jobs that will be available here in the Chippewa Valley, there's a great need," she added.

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