The career-focused curriculum at the Golisano College has helped Chris Cowdery-Corvan make an immediate impact at one of the most respected tech giants in the world. "The project-focused approach to education is what helped me to hit the ground running at Apple,” says Cowdery-Corvan. “Teamwork and collaboration; and working with design and architecture were things I was ready for." He continues: "RITs connection with industry is huge; I got my job through that means. They bring a lot of great talks and recruiters. Professors also ask students what they want to know helping you feel more engaged." Like many other students, Cowdery-Corvan opened the door to his future via his co-op at Apple.
During his co-op he even had an idea approved by the legendary Steve Jobs: "The Cupertino Co-Op [with Apple] was awesome! I worked on the Messages and iMessages team. What's cool about that co-op is your manager asks you "what do you want to do?" So my first project was the photo booth for IPad. I had suggested the app for IPad and the suggestion was actually forwarded all the way to S.J. (Steve Jobs) who said "go ahead.""
Melody Kelly likes to work at the forefront of tech and design. Perhaps it’s why she found the Golisano College’s nationally recognized programs at the School of Interactive Games & Media so appealing. “The thing that drew me to the School of Interactive Games & Media was the cutting-edge. I really like the idea of fusing art with new user interfaces to change the way people interact with computers.“
Melody's major, New Media Interactive Development (NMID), represents a core partnership and understanding of computing as a medium of expression. It situates the user/player/group/community first, and then explores computing from the perspective of dreaming up new interactions and experiences, and then realizing them through technology. NMID is the embodiment of user-centered design in a media-driven context, the immersion of our culture in visual communication with devices that then extend to sound, touch, motion, gesture, physical and tangible interfaces, and more.
In NMID, Melody is able to take her passion for art and design and employ it in creating new experiences that have garnered the attention of her professors and peers as well as employers like American Greetings, where Melody did a co-op during the Summer of 2013.
In addition, even though Kelly started as a computer science major she was able to switch to NMID without losing any time toward graduation. That’s more time she can spend innovating new computing experiences for the rest of us.
Like so many college freshmen, Kenny Xu wasn’t sure what he wanted to major in. He knew he loved computers, but he wasn’t sure what aspect of computing would be most appealing. Fortunately for Xu, Golisano College features the Computing Exploration Program, offering students the chance to find the right fit for them.
The Computing Exploration Program is an innovative offering that Golisano College introduced in response to the burgeoning number of computing-related disciplines. We understand that computing can change lives in myriad ways and we strive to offer our students every opportunity to find the path or paths that they feel most passionate about.
Xu explains, “one of the great things about the Golisano College is that it offers the Computing Exploration Program…which shows you all the different majors. Through [the program], without losing any time toward graduation, I was able to choose a major I now love.” The German-born Xu has already received a co-op opportunity at Citibank and plans to work at a “tech giant” in the future.
Dorrene Brown fixed bugs in satellite systems for Goodrich ISR Systems in Boston and in financial software for Intuit in Mountain View, California. She even worked at Microsoft, developing her own application for their Office suite. And she did it all before graduating. Through RIT’s co-op programs, Brown, who was also the President of the college’s Society of Software Engineers, is ready to hit the ground running, saying “With all the real-world experience I obtained through co-op, I know I’m ready to jump right in and succeed at my new job at Microsoft.”
Did we mention she has already been offered a full-time position at Microsoft? Brown is an incredible example of how Golisano College prepares students to make an impact in promising careers. She took full advantage of RIT’s extensive co-op opportunities which helps give students the best possible preparation for transitioning into their professional lives. Moreover, she gained experience with industry leaders, getting to experience life in Silicon Valley and other tech hubs ensuring she could make an informed decision about where to dedicate her considerable talents.
Josh Lindsay is a worldly computer science student who is intrigued by not only programming languages, but also Slavic languages and culture. “One of the great things about RIT is the international opportunities,” Lindsay explains. “It’s always been a dream of mine to live abroad and immerse myself in other cultures.” Lindsay took advantage of RIT’s international opportunities in a big way, studying and living in Dubrovnik, Croatia as well as Veliky Novgorod, Russia, while learning to speak both Serbo-Croatian and Russian languages along the way.
Lindsay has already secured a full-time position upon graduating but he says: “I plan to ultimately move abroad and incorporate my skills at a company in Russia or Croatia.” At Golisano College we encourage our students to take advantage of RIT’s study abroad opportunities and to consider spending time at our campuses in Croatia and Dubai, or wherever their curiosity might take them. Part of the college experience is expanding your intellectual horizons and RIT works to make it easy for students to find new landscapes to explore.