Chris Kluka

Chris Kluka

Computer degrees in high demand

Choosing the bachelor of computer information systems degree program at Okanagan College was a no-brainer for Chris Kluka

Choosing the bachelor of computer information systems degree program at Okanagan College was a no-brainer for Chris Kluka.

Kluka had taken post-secondary studies at other Canadian institutions, but the credential and education he received didn’t fully meet his needs or expectations.

“I’m interested in infrastructure and systems management,” said Kluka, who is now an information technology systems infrastructure architect at Daemon Defense Systems in Winnipeg.

“I looked at programs across the country and chose Okanagan College. The other program I took and others I looked at had the wrong focus. They were focused on programming or computer science. I wanted a program focused on IT systems implementation and management,” he says.

The college’s degree program has a solid reputation among employers, says department chairperson Rick Gee.

Demand for graduates may also partially explain the high ratings given the program by students in independent surveys conducted by the provincial government.

A review of five years of graduate data shows a 94 per cent employment rate, average annual earnings of $56,000 and 91 per cent of surveyed students reporting they were satisfied or very satisfied with their education.

“There will be continued demand for diploma and degree graduates from our programs,” said Gee.

“Our lives are becoming increasingly dependent on information systems, and that bodes well for the people who can understand and manage them.”

For more information on the degree or diploma programs in computer information systems at Okanagan College, visit okanagan.bc.ca/bcis.