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Meet Our Students
Adaptive athlete, outdoor adventurer, motivational speaker, and accessibility ambassador Enock Glidden, a 2016 graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems program at UMA, has been selected as the keynote speaker at the 2023 UMA Commencement ceremony.
A native of Bethel, Maine, Enock currently contributes to a Web site called Maine Trail Finder, where he works with GIS mapping as he travels throughout the state assessing trails and outdoor spaces for accessibility.
Challenging the limits of physical ability, Enock, born with spina bifida, has successfully accomplished feats that even experienced athletes find challenging. In 2016, along with a community of climbers, he completed his first ascent of El Capitan, a vertical rock formation two and half times as tall as the Empire State Building located in the Yosemite Valley. He recorded his adventure in a documentary and journaled his experience as part of his Internship requirement in the CIS program.
Enock champions the use of adaptive technology to help disabled athletes, such as himself, enjoy sports including Alpine skiing, rock climbing, tennis, basketball, skydiving, paragliding, biking, and shooting. He currently authors an adventure blog with the goal of “inspiring people of all abilities to try new things”.
You, too, can experience a Magic Mountaintop Moment where the only limits are those that you set for yourself! Check out Enock’s inspiring story:
"After years of small business ownership, I went back to school at the age of 40 to pursue a degree in computer information systems and data analytics. Now I work at L.L.Bean as a Marketing Analyst and use the skills I gained at UMA every day. I use SQL, Python and RStudio to query and clean data. I use Tableau and Excel to explore that data and create visualizations that tell the story of business performance."
B.S. Computer Information Systems, 2021
"UMA’s Computer Information Systems program provided me with the flexibility to focus my learning on topics I needed to succeed in my career. Top-notch teaching and guidance by instructors combined with a wide selection of courses creates a beneficial learning experience."
Former CIS Student and current Assessment Associate and Collaboratory Manager at UMA
Ready for real-world experience?
The CIS program recognizes the value of relevant work experience and partners with technology-based organizations to provide students with an opportunity to broaden their skills base in information technology, cultivate mature life and workplace skills that prepare the student for personal and professional challenges, and establish a network of professional contacts in the information technology field.
A student may earn an Associate, Bachelor of Post-baccalaureate degree in Computer Information Systems "at a distance." The term "at a distance" refers to a variety of instructional modalities that do not require the student to attend face-to-face classes. These include compressed video, interactive television (ITV), video capture of face-to-face classes, and web-based instruction.
Not all classes are offered in all modalities and some elective courses are offered only face to face, but there are adequate IT electives offered at a distance to earn an academic credential. Some instructors require proctored exams, which may require the student to seek a proctor at another institution and make arrangements with the instructor.
The post-baccalaureate in CIS is an option for students who have already earned a baccalaureate degree in a non-CIS discipline from UMA or another regionally accredited college or university and would like to pursue a second bachelor's degree.
A post-baccalaureate can help you make the transition to an entirely new career field or enhance your current bachelor's degree with up-to-date technology skills that can improve your marketability in the job market. This is also a popular option for students who want to pursue an advanced degree in Computer Science but do not have the academic credentials to apply for graduate school.
Yes, UMA participates in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) for college credit. UMA is an open test center, which means that if someone wants to take the CLEP exam at UMA, the results may be sent to any CLEP participating institution.
To register, check testing dates, and review the payment process, visit Prior Learning Assessment on the UMA Website.
The role of the coordinator is fundamentally the chair of the department, and as such, is responsible for coordinating the course schedule and faculty assignments for academic classes. The coordinator also does department advising for students and checksheet verification.
The University of Maine at Augusta provides access to computers and study areas at both of their campuses and at centers statewide. Students are provided with access to computers and printers, however no files will be saved once the student is logged out of the system. It is advisable to have a thumb drive for your data.
Some instructors require you to attend the class during the time it is provided live. The benefit is that students can interact in real time with the professor. Most instructors leave class attendance up to the student as long as the work is completed satisfactorily. Make sure to check with your professor for attendance requirements.
No! There are some math requirements that you need to pass, however much of what you need to know you will learn in your courses. The technology is advancing so fast, everyone is learning something new all the time. This is a great time to enter IT and grow with the field.
The CIS280 Internship Experience is an elective CIS offering at the associate-degree level, but the CIS380 Internship Experience a required component of the Bachelor Science degrees in Computer Information Systems and Cybersecurity. If you are a IT professional currently working in the your degree field, with permission of your advisor you may substitute an approved 300+-level CIS or ISS course. View the internship site for more information.