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**For Immediate Release**
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-released by OPSU Campus Communications 06/29/06

Goodwell, Okla. — In order to stay current in the rapidly expanding world of computer technology, faculty in Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s Computer Information Systems (CIS) Department continue their education to better serve their students. Instructors have completed advanced training in graphics and technical software, web security and database management.

Much of this continuing education is made possible through a Program of Excellence grant funded by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. The $685,342 grant enables the development of two new program areas within the CIS department — computer graphics and website data management technology. The addition of a new faculty member has freed two instructors to develop curricula for two new capstone courses in the new program areas.

Instructors in CIS have also installed hardware such as a new SQL (Sequence Query Language) server used for instructing students in database management. In the upcoming year, faculty will continue their training, finish revising requirements for new degree plans and bring more new hardware on-line.

Graduates of the OPSU CIS program hold important local, state and national positions. Several are employed locally as Chief Information Officers, and others serve in high-level network support positions in national companies. In addition, several graduates work directly with the U.S. space program and others teach in higher education.

Regional, state and national technology needs will continue to grow rapidly, and the OPSU CIS department will respond to those needs by providing skilled technologists taught by professionals who remain current in their fields of specialty.

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