Southeastern Institute launches new degree programs in South Carolina to help meet the needs of state’s changing economy

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Southeastern Institute has introduced a pair of new associate degree programs at its campuses in Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina. Both programs, Business Administration and Information Technology and Network Systems, recently received approval from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (CHE) and will begin enrolling students immediately.

“Southeastern Institute is pleased to announce the introduction of these associate of applied science degrees in the fields of business administration and information technology and network systems,” said Robert Keiser, Executive Director of Southeastern Institute. “We believe these new academic programs offer a unique opportunity to train future employees in two important and growing job fields.”

The new programs were launched to help meet the needs of South Carolina’s changing workforce. According to the Computing Technology Industry Association’s (CompTIA) 2019 Cyberstates report, technology jobs in the U.S. have been on a steady climb since 2010. Employment in South Carolina’s tech industry grew by 3.2 percent from 2017 to 2018 with the highest percentage of job growth coming in the areas of computer systems and cybersecurity analysts. The State newspaper reported in September 2019 that Computer systems analyst was one of the fastest growing jobs in South Carolina.


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Jobs in the diverse field of business have also been on the rise recently. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, business and financial occupations are expected to grow by 7 percent from 2016 through 2026, led by a growing economy and a complex tax and regulatory environment. Jobs in the management analysis and accounting subcategories are expected to grow by 14 percent and 6 percent, respectively, through 2026.

“The South Carolina economy continues to transform into a service-based economy in which both business and information technology-based occupations will rise in demand and in prominence,” said Keiser. “These programs help meet this demand by providing students an applied curriculum which can serve as a launching pad to careers that continue to make South Carolina one of the great places in this country to live and work.”

Southeastern Institute’s Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Information Technology and Network Systems will prepare students to manage modern computer network systems with an understanding of virtualization through a hands-on approach to learning computer architecture, big data storage, and server-side operations. Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to sit for a variety of certifications including the A+, Network+, Linux+, Security+, Microsoft MCSA and CWNA, and Cisco Career Certifications such as the CCENT.

Southeastern’s new AAS in Business Administration program focuses on developing a basic understanding of business skills needed for entry-level business professionals. The program introduces students to the functional areas of business, including ethical business practices, technology, and communication skills needed in today’s business environment. Students will have an option to choose one of two areas of concentration, accounting or management and operations.

Both academic programs will begin enrolling at Southeastern Institute campuses in Columbia and North Charleston. For more information, visit https://www.southeasterninstitute.edu/, or contact the campuses directly at (803) 798-8800 (Columbia) or (843) 747-1279 (North Charleston).

About Southeastern Institute:

Founded in 1994, Southeastern Institute is committed to providing quality career education and skill development in a personalized environment devoted to student success. Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), Southeastern Institute has locations in Charlotte, N.C.; Columbia, S.C.; and Charleston, S.C. For additional information about Southeastern Institute and its programs of study, visit: www.southeasterninstitute.edu.


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