Wilbur Wright College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, announces the hiring of Brian A. Rudolph as Dean of College to Careers. Rudolph will work with faculty and industry partners to realign City Colleges’ Information Technology curriculum and programs to ensure students receive the skills needed to succeed in this high-growth industry.
Over the next ten years, Chicago-area IT firms are forecasted to have 24,000 job openings for positions such as database administrators and software engineers, all with high earning potential. Students pursuing information technology at City Colleges will be able to focus in three pathways: computer science/software engineering and web development; computer science/database and cloud management; and networking, technology and security.
Launched by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chancellor Cheryl Hyman in December 2011, College to Careers aims to equip City Colleges students with industry-recognized credentials and degrees that prepare them to secure jobs in high-growth sectors. As part of the College to Careers program, partner businesses are working directly with City Colleges faculty and staff to revamp the curriculum, design new facilities, provide internships and give students the opportunity to interview for jobs in high-demand fields. Wright College will serve as the Information Technology hub for all IT-focused coursework at City Colleges of Chicago’s seven campuses.
“Brian brings a great mix of industry, higher education, and leadership experience to Wright College. His skills are valuable as he will work with faculty and corporate partners to build curriculum relevant to today’s IT industry and to expand resources available for our students,” said David Potash, president of Wright College.
Rudolph spent more than a decade working in information technology departments at higher education institutions across the country. He also worked as a senior game designer and software engineer for Sega, Inc. and as a consultant. Rudolph spent a combined 11 years in the classroom as a computer science faculty at three different universities. As a faculty member, he developed curricula for Software Engineering and Engineering Technology degree programs, designed and taught innovative classes to meet specialized needs of local industries and adult students, and led strategic planning committees for university computing services. Rudolph earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in computer science at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and an associate of applied business management at Firelands College in Huron, Ohio.