Lisa Iannuzzelli: Yeah. You mentioned something interesting that I know this is true of some students. They know that they are interested in technology, but they don't know exactly what area of technology they might want to go into. And, it sounds like, because of this foundational knowledge from the tech core, they could help assist students in that regard. Is that an accurate statement, and maybe if you have any comments on that, how maybe the Tech Core might help somebody who is a little interested in technology, but not really sure what direction they want to go, and how could the Tech Core help them out?
Dr. Jude Lamour: Lisa, I can answer that?
Lisa Iannuzzelli: Yes. Yeah, go ahead. Go ahead, Dr. Lamour.
Dr. Jude Lamour: Yes. The Tech Core provides some foundation in basic operating systems, something everybody needs to know. For example, everybody's using Windows. You may be using a Mac OS X, or maybe you're using Linux system to connect right now. Some of us are using Android, some people are using iOS, but it's an operating system that drives the interaction between the hardware, and then the person who was able to interface with it. The Tech Core provides that capability and that's very critical. Everybody has to use some type of operating system to actually use any computing environment.
Then, the Tech Core introduce operating system. The Tech Core also introduce basic wireless and wired network infrastructure. So, you get your feet wet there too. The Tech Core introduce basic electronics. So, the very basic electronics. It doesn't take you so high level where you need to know so much stuff to overpower you. It's just the ability to see, oh my God, that's how you can do an alarm system. I didn't know that's how the traffic light system work. So, they understand that. The Tech Core also introduce the students to the cyber part, because you'd think at least some courses, where you do hands-on, though, we're not talking theoretical because everything we do with the Tech Core has a purely hands-on component, especially the project.
It's fully hands-on, where a student's building something, where you're making something for every class you take. At that point, the students will get their feet wet to figure out, I really love that operating system course I did, and there was a pathway for it. I really loved that part of virtualization. Well, there's a pathway for it. That's the kind of thing it does, or maybe you want to be a cybersecurity person and you get your feet wet. What's interesting though, is that none of the credits you took, you lost. There are some places you go to school, and if you cannot be an engineer and then try to be computer science, and take a bunch of credits, it doesn't work that way because you're going to lose credit, where they say, okay, those enough credits you took over here for computer science, sorry, we can't use them.
But the beauty of the Tech Core is that it sits at the foundation, and everything you take, it still goes on, whether you're a cyber, an engineer, an IT purely infrastructure and computer information systems, whatever it is you want to do, it continues to build on it. This is not lost information. It's critical information that you would need to have any way to be a fully well-rounded person in today's environment.
Lisa Iannuzzelli: It sounds like a great benefit for our students. Sorry, Dr. Waksmanski. It looks like you had a comment as well. So go ahead.
Dr. Natalie Waksmanski: Yeah, I wanted to add onto that, because they are great options for our students.
Lisa Iannuzzelli: Yeah, for sure.
Dr. Natalie Waksmanski: But in addition to the things that Dr. Lamour mentioned, we do also introduce students to programming. On top of all that, the students don't have to decide right away, based off of all those things we listed. There's all like a variety of pathways that they can take, but there's also the undecided option. If you can't make up your mind and you like it all, you're taking all the classes that still are on the same path. So, it's this Tech Core path, as I like to call it. It really is like a pathway, where you're building your skills one on top of the other that are never lost, just as Dr. Lamour just so eloquently said.