Department & Program History

Department & Program History

In the beginning - 1964

In the beginning (1964), the department was called Data Processing and we were in the Business Division. Henry Walski has the original proposal for an associate degree in Programming. Course work was around COBOL with some machine language, operations, and RPG programming. The program with regards to enrollment was rather small until the mid 70s when more instructors where added. Our first program graduation happened in June 1966.

Moving forward - 1970s & 80s

In 1979-80 Jim McBriar developed our second associate degree in Computer Operations. Enrollment went up very fast in the early 80's. The major change in courses was the adding of online (green screen) programming with CICS and Natural (4gl). In 1982-83 we had a waiting list of 200 to 300 applications. We started offering courses in Watertown but they were discontinued due to lack of enrollment. Database programming was added in 1984-85 with Software AGs ADABAS. We added two instructors from the base of four instructors until we had ten instructors.

Leading up to Y2K - 1990s

Our third program was the Midrange Analyst/Programmer degree. We ran on an IBM AS400 computer system. This was developed by Henry Walski, Janice Weinberg, and Jim McBriar. After that, the Networking Degree was developed in 1996-97. Brad Anderson and Jim McBriar developed the program. About the same time, Janice Weinberg and David Dean developed our first Advanced Technical Certificate in Client/Server Technology. Around 1997, the Midrange Analyst/Programmer degree was switched to a Web Analyst Programmer with an emphasis on web development. In 1999-2000, Computer Operations was changed to Computer Systems Administration.

Preparing for the future - 2000-today

In reaction to technology trends during the late 1990's, the Computer Operations associate degree changed its name to Computer Systems Administration. The program focuses on Microsoft's infrastructure certifications, first MCSA, now MCITP. Enrollment continues to increase as system administration employment increases.

The Network Security program was developed in 2004-2005. It earned federal certification by the National Security Agency's Committee on National Security Systems. It is only one of two in the state and 124 nationwide to carry the high-level certification. Madison College had to match its curriculum precisely to what the NSA requires students to be exposed to, in terms of course material, time spent on lab work and specific projects, and goals that are met in networking classes.

The Madison College IT Department now has a diploma, over 10 certificates, and 5 associate degrees. We are growing to meet the needs of today's IT business world.