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New master’s program aims to fill Charlotte’s technology jobs

Tiffani Williams, a former associate professor in Texas A&M University’s computer science and engineering department, is in charge of Northeastern University Charlotte’s new master’s program.
Tiffani Williams, a former associate professor in Texas A&M University’s computer science and engineering department, is in charge of Northeastern University Charlotte’s new master’s program. Northeastern University Charlotte

Northeastern University’s Charlotte campus aims to fill the city’s shortage of high-tech workers with a new master’s program targeted at students without a background in computer science.

Charlotte’s technology sector has grown 28 percent in the last five years, and there are currently more than 92,000 technology and analytics jobs in the area, the school said. The university’s ALIGN Master of Science in Computer Science is meant to enable students with a variety of backgrounds to earn a master’s degree.

Students will begin by taking two semesters of classes in a bridge program to teach them the basics of computer science, followed by a traditional master’s program. The curriculum also includes a co-op, where students spend six to eight months working in the industry before returning for their final semester.

The program is currently accepting applications for students to begin courses in September.

Tiffani Williams, a former associate professor in Texas A&M University’s computer science and engineering department, is in charge of the program.

“The world needs more people trained in computational thinking,” Williams said in a statement. “Once you understand the computing mindset, you are empowered, you know the concepts and vocabulary, and you have the potential to find solutions to problems we haven’t solved before.”

Taylor Blatchford: 704-358-5354, @blatchfordtr

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