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Patrick A. Plunkett
Department Chair
Email: plunkett@wju.edu
Phone: 304-243-2334


Beyond The Classroom


What do students do beyond the classroom at WJU?

Students at WJU experience more than classroom studies. Through internships, service learning projects and class group projects, students can apply their classroom skills and knowledge to community projects, prepared when they reach the work force "because of their demonstrated ability to take education out of the theoretical classroom and use it to address real needs." This is accomplished through:

  • Internships at CET and NTTC provide Computer Science students with "real work" experience and the opportunity to work with clients and projects.  Other organizations providing internships include Ohio Valley Medical Center, Bridgeport; Virtual Environments Laboratory, Morgantown; Schedule Star, Bridgeport; The Health Plan, St. Clairsville; Jefferson County Justice Center, Ohio; American Bonding Co, Bridgeport.
  • Service Learning Projects - Allow students to take classroom learning experiences into the community and organizations. Several of the Computer Science courses include community service as a major component such as Software Engineering, Database Management and Design, and Advanced Web Design. Some of these projects have been implemented on campus. For example: Swipe card technology for the resident halls, Information Technology Service Helpdesk, and the Virtual Tour of WJU located on the website.
  • Group class projects - Most courses require that students work in teams to develop projects that expand on the knowledge and skills obtained during course work. These courses include, User Interface Design, Graphics, and Tactile Interfaces.
  • Community Projects - The Lego Mindstorms Tournament, The Biannual LAN Party sponsored by the Computer Science Club, Computer Dating/Matching system, and helping students at the Laughlin Chapel in downtown Wheeling.

What can I do with this degree?

There is a wide variety of opportunity for our graduates.  Below is a sampling of some of the places our graduates have gone.

  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps - Pohnpei, Micronesia
  • Graduate School
    • MBA - WJU
    • WVU (multiple grads)
    • University of Cincinnati
    • University of Dayton
    • Law School - Duquesne University
    • Johns Hopkins Doctoral Program
    • Ohio State Doctoral Program
    • University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) Doctoral Program
  • Government/Contractor/Education
    • System Administrator - WJU
    • MPL Corporation (Grumman) - Fairmont
    • West Virginia High Tech Consortium - Fairmont
    • National Security Agency (3 grads) - Washington, D.C.
    • Science Applications International Corporation - Morgantown
    • NTTC (2 grads currently) - WJU
    • CET (1 grad currently) - WJU
    • Computer Security - Allegheny County, PA
    • Veterans Affairs - Brecksville, OH
    • Washington D.C. Transit Authority
    • Institute for Scientific Research - Fairmont
    • Ohio Police and Fireman's Pension Fund - Columbus
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation (2 grads) - Charleston
    • Orrick, Herrington, and Sutcliffe Law - Wheeling, WV
  • Entrepreneurial
    • DJ and music software developer - Charleston
    • Zelek Software - Applications for iPod
    • Consulting - Las Vegas
  • Private Sector
    • FedEx Software Developer - Robinson Township
    • Apple
    • ScheduleStar (4 grads) - Wheeling, WV
    • Noteworthy Medical Systems - Cleveland
    • Williams Lea - Wheeling
    • Hill Williams Law Office - Wheeling
    • Pittsburgh Paint and Glass (PPG) - Pittsburgh
    • IMPAQT (Search Engines) - Bridgeville, PA
    • CrossZ Solutions - Long Island, NY
    • McMillion Research - Charleston


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