Representatives of Geneca, an innovative enterprise software development firm based in Oakbrook Terrace, visited a group of computer science students and faculty on Sept. 5 at Lewis University.
Mike Reyes, senior developer with Geneca, shared his experience as a young software developer, what he looks for in a job, what he sees as the skills most in demand, and how he keeps current with all the changes that occur so rapidly in programming languages and tools.
“His insights helped students understand that despite the rapid pace of change, with technologies shifting every couple of years, the foundation they are getting in their classes at Lewis University will help them keep pace with those changes,” summarized Dr. Ray Klump, chair of Mathematics and Computer Science at Lewis University. Reyes also encouraged students to find opportunities to innovate everywhere because that will give them a chance to hone their skills and fuel their interests.
The students also heard from Mike Denton, director of recruiting for Geneca, about how they can best position themselves for careers with Geneca and other software development firms.
The presentation was just one example of how the Mathematics and Computer Science department actively strengthens relationships with area IT firms in an effort to increase the number of internship and career opportunities for its growing number of students. Lewis University offers a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science as well as a minor in Computer Science and Cyber Security Science. In addition to receiving personal attention from experienced faculty, Computer Science students learn in new facilities, including a networking and security lab as well as a mobile applications lab. Students acquire both the technical skills and problem solving strategies necessary for a wildly successful career, through a cutting-edge curriculum and integrated learning opportunities.
Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.
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