First graduate of GGC’s new MIS concentration values IT/business combo
Courtney Heba, 25, became the first Georgia Gwinnett College student in the School of Business to receive a BBA degree with a Management Information Systems (MIS) concentration during the college’s Dec. 20 winter commencement ceremony. GGC began offering the MIS concentration in the fall of 2011.
“I chose to pursue the MIS concentration because I love technology and business,” said Heba. “I want to work in the IT field, but I also want a strong business application background so the MIS concentration was the perfect combination, and I didn’t have to expend time and money pursuing courses I didn’t need.”
Heba began her college career at GGC in 2008, selecting the college based on its reputation for offering educational excellence, small class sizes and flexible schedules. Heba learned about the new MIS concentration a year and a half ago from her advisor and worked closely with one of her professors and mentors, Dr. Melinda Cline, to select her classes.
“GGC decided to offer the MIS concentration to help support its mission of preparing students for careers and leadership in today’s global and technologically advanced organizations,” said Cline, associate professor of business. “Virtually every organization now uses information technology to support its workforce and customer base, and the MIS concentration develops students’ abilities to identify and implement technologies that help those organizations be more efficient and effective.”
The MIS concentration is growing within the School of Business and, in the future, it will help satisfy the needs of Georgia employers by providing a new source of talented people who have a solid business foundation complimented by a broad set of information technology skills.
“Dr. Cline encouraged me to take the intermediate programming course which, although challenging, will be extremely useful for the MIS field, Heba said. “She also taught me a lot of soft skills to further my career which often are overlooked in the classroom.”
Heba would ultimately like to use her degree to be a database administrator, focus on system analysis work or manage an IT department and credits the MIS concentration with allowing multiple and varied options for career paths.
Driven to succeed, Heba has worked at an electronics retail outlet in the computers sales department for the past five years and won the top salesperson award for her store’s department for the past three years. She is also ranked number two in the company for performance service contracts or warranties.
Heba plans to eventually attend graduate school to study computer information systems after working in the industry and traveling in California to explore some of the technology companies headquartered there.