ETSU, Walters State offer transfer pathway for computing students

Published 11:56 am Wednesday, May 29, 2024

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East Tennessee State University and Walters State Community College will help computing students move seamlessly from a two-year education program to an accelerated bachelor’s degree path. 

“Over the years, ETSU Computing has seen many successful transfers from Walters State move into the high-demand career of information technology,” said Dr. Brian Bennett, ETSU’s chair of Computing. “Creating a 2+2 program with this agreement will allow students to complete their studies and enter the workforce more quickly.” 

Students who begin at Walters State will complete courses that provide them with a foundation in computer science. Once students move into ETSU’s Department of Computing, they will take courses with an emphasis on software engineering, database management, data analytics, operating and distributed systems, networking and more.  

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Students will also have the chance to select a concentration in computer science, cybersecurity and modern networks, information systems or information technology.  

ETSU’s Computing program is one of 12 in the nation to offer ABET-accredited programs in computer science, information systems and information technology. 

“ETSU’s Department of Computing offers students the opportunity to study across multiple computing disciplines and pursue internship opportunities as they pursue their career goals,” said Bennett. 

ETSU aims to help students shift seamlessly from enrollment to employment, and graduates with a bachelor’s degree in information technology have many career opportunities, including jobs as a web developer, data analyst, network administrator, system manager or information security specialist.  

“We are excited to be able to work with ETSU to create an agreement that provides students with a clear pathway for the transition from Walters State to ETSU,” said Dr. Tera Howerton, dean of Business and Technical Education at Walters State. 

For information on Walters State’s program, contact Lois Blais, department head and associate professor of Computer and Information Science, at For information on ETSU’s Department of Computing, visit or email