Grace Patterson, Bachelor of Computing Systems
Sisters Ella and Grace Patterson are like bookends in their choices for tertiary study.
From Havelock North, both enrolled for EIT’s Bachelor of Computing Systems but at different times. While Ella recently completed her first year of study, Grace finished her degree mid-year and is now working as a business analyst for Fastway Global in Napier.
The pair attended Havelock North High School, were awarded EIT Year 13 Degree Study Grants and have even worked part-time at the same fish and chip shop to help finance their studies.
I started working at EIT in 1990 and worked for several years as the IT Services Manager. Later, I joined the computing school, teaching on the Bachelor of Computing Systems when it launched at EIT in 2000. My teaching currently includes IT Management and E-Business on the BCS degree and Strategic IT Management on EIT's new postgraduate Diploma of IT.
All computing degree and specialist diploma programmes include an industry based project providing those nearing graduation with an opportunity to work with industry either as an intern in an IT company or working with a commercial organisation on a specific project.
A purpose-built Information Technology Complex is located at the Hawkes Bay Campus. There are nine networked computer labs with 24 student workstation stations in each. The rooms are environmentally controlled, with data show equipment in each room. There are specific labs for software development, hardware, multimedia and a room for project work. The facility also has a 50-seat tiered lecturer theatre.
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