All posts by Cyndia Hinton

Computer Science, IT Jobs, Internships Are Waiting

Parkland students: Did you know that in the past year, we have had 65 businesses contact us directly to advertise positions in Information Technology (IT) on our job board?

In fact, in January 2015 alone we had 9 new job postings!

Computer and IT-related industries are continually seeking Parkland College students for internship possibilities, as well as full-time and part-time jobs.

Some of these employers have included Human Kinetics, University of Illinois, Amdocs, Wolfram, and Carle.

What do you need to do to find out about these opportunities?

1)  Go to our online Job Board.  Also make sure to check your Parkland email periodically for mailings regarding job openings.

2) Browse the online posts for positions that may be a good fit for you.  Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see a position that interests you the first time, as we are adding jobs all the time.

3) Find out how the employer prefers to receive your information, and submit your qualifications!

Computer science and IT opportunities for training are out there, waiting for you. What a great way to gain experience as you are continuing your education in the IT field! Don’t let them pass you by!

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[Cyndia Hinton is program manager for Parkland’s Computer Science and Information Technology department. She can be reached at  217/353-2414.]

Black Friday

Black Friday: Dreaded by some, revered by others.

Today, I was reading over an article published in the News-Gazette on Black Friday and how to survive it, and it amazed me how many suggestions had to do with “technology.” Here are five of my favorites:

One: Plan ahead….. scope WEBSITES out ahead of time. Use price comparison sites such as BradsDeals.com and PriceGrabber.com.

Two: Shop ONLINE. Some stores offer special deals online only.

Three: Use SOCIAL MEDIA. Sign up for Twitter feeds from your favorite stores. “Like” official Facebook pages of favorite stores. Shop on Amazon.com’s Instagram feed!

Four: Bring the ads with you. Having the physical ad with you will ensure you get the advertised price. Hey, no technology here! Amazing!

Five: Use new store apps or website features. Target uses Point Inside technology that pins the location of sought-after items like doorbuster deals onto interactive store maps. Toys R Us is using a new app to find what you are looking for down to the shelf it’s located on…and they also push deals to your smartphone WHILE YOU’RE IN THE STORE!

Makes you wonder how our parents ever found anything at Christmas time!?  Also, just makes you wonder!  🙂

Did you know we have classes here at Parkland that teach you how to develop mobile apps and create the databases that places like Facebook and Instagram use to store all those millions of posts? Check out CSC 212 – Mobile Application Development; CSC220 – Data Structures; CSC192 – Database Administration; and CIS231 – Systems Analysis, Design, and Administration. And if you haven’t done so already,  ENROLL TODAY for spring 2015 classes—the deadline for registration and payment (to avoid course drops) is December 16!