Tuesday, October 16
1:45 PM-2:15 PM
PDT
Las Vegas Ballroom 5

Getting Certified: Factors Influencing the Pursuit of IT Certifications

Full Paper ID: 53355
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    Weichieh Wayne Yu
    Mississippi State University
  2. Blake Haney
    Mississippi State University
  3. Chun Fu Charlie Lin
    National Formosa University
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    Mabel CPO Okojie
    Mississippi State University
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    Chien Yu
    Mississippi State University

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate the problem of determining the factors that influence the students in information technology to pursue IT certification along with their academic degree and thereby increase their chances of gaining employment and earning higher entry-level salaries. This study was conducted by faculty and undergraduate student researchers. Participants were full-time students from undergraduate Information Technology Services (ITS), Business Information Systems (BIS), Interdisciplinary Studies (IS), and Philosophy programs, enrolling technology courses at a Southern university in spring semester, 2018. Research data was collected using a survey instrument that included twenty seven five-point Likert scale items and was analyzed using descriptive statistics, ANOVA, and correlations. Overall, students indicated that they have the competencies to pass the certification exam. However, not a significant number of graduates are taking the exam to receive certification. In addition, funding for education is a big concern for college students. Costs of these exams are an additional burden to them. The findings of this study served as a foundation for educators and administrators when they reinforce the importance of becoming certified before students enter the workforce.

Presider: Susan Sibert, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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