Area colleges are experiencing growth in programs that result in higher employment opportunities, according to a report in Long Island Business News. NYIT Associate Dean of Admissions Troy Miller and Associate Dean of Academic Support and Enrollment Services Alexander Ott, Ph.D., note that NYIT has enjoyed increases in applications to its School of Health Professions and School of Engineering and Computing Sciences.
"We're focusing more attention in recruiting in these areas because they're hot," Miller says. Ott adds that health care is "a steady, secure field" which translates into higher enrollment in occupational therapy and health sciences programs. The increase in area startups and growth in the biotech industry has also led to higher enrollment in electrical and computer engineering and computer science programs, says Ott.