Coleman University Students are Chosen as Semi-finalists in Robotics Development Competition for Mars Exploration!

Chase Thurmond (top right) is leading the ENVI team, along with Coleman students Hao Yu and Anthony Anderson (far left), in their autonomous robot project for Mars exploration. This team will be working on this throughout the spring in order to meet the summer 2017 due date.

Technology is not a static field; it changes daily, hourly, and minute by minute. Technology development isn’t even restricted by Earthly aspirations; developers are now looking to the skies again as their next target. Unmanned ground vehicles have become the latest topic for development and putting these autonomous droids on Mars is no longer just a dream. In early 2017 the Mars City Design Competition put out a call for student teams around the world and across the nation to submit their ideas for an autonomous robot or program that centers on the theme of “transportation” that could be used to help colonize Mars. Applicants had to submit a video explaining their project and what they felt it could contribute to Mars exploration, as well as a breakdown of how they would build their project and what materials they would use. Students from Coleman University, with the help of the expert engineers at ENVI, and lead by student Chase Thurmond, submitted the ENVI design for an autonomous and cooperative robot flock.  The ENVI team, hosted at Coleman University, was chosen as a semi-finalist!! Out of 135 applications, this project and its team of developers were chosen to be one of just 15 teams competing for the chance to see their projects come to life this summer and possibly become part of the race to Mars! Teams from all over the world including France, the UK, and South America are in this competition, vying for the top spot and global recognition as a leading developer in Mars exploration. Students from our Software Development, Cybersecurity, and Graduate Studies Program came together to build the first engineering concept for a cooperative “flock” of unmanned land robots that would essentially become the eyes and hands of astronauts or colonists living and working on Mars. The overall goal of Mars City Design is to promote the development of sustainable and efficient tools for a successful living community not just on Mars, but on future planets yet to be discovered and explored. The semi-finalists chosen for this project will be presenting a teaser of their design and vision at a fundraiser in Los Angeles on May 25th. We at Coleman University want to congratulate the students who took interest in an extracurricular opportunity to put this project into motion, and the dedicated team at ENVI who are mentoring them through this journey. We look forward to seeing the finished product! You can find more information on the other designs, previous winners, and track to competition from their website: https://marscitydesign.com/news.

Coleman University President is invited to Speak at the IEEE Life Member Luncheon

The esteemed Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) held a luncheon for their Life Members in San Diego in early March. The Life Member status for IEEE is awarded to members who have been an active part of the organization for a certain number of years while maintaining a positive status within the IEEE community. The Life Member Association invited the President of Coleman University, Norbert Kubilus, to be a Keynote Speaker for this event and to discuss the dedication of the University to fostering technology development in San Diego. The agenda for the luncheon speakers included topics such as robotics in military and commercial fields, renewable energy, automotive developments, and the benefits of increased technology in medical fields. In his Keynote, the President reflected on the history of Coleman in San Diego and the legacy that the university has maintained as an influencer in technology. The President then outlined the steps being taken to bring the latest developments in Software Development and Cybersecurity to the Coleman campus and integrate them into the curriculum. Mr. Kubilus discussed the efforts being made at Coleman to bring experiences to its students that enhance the curriculum, which is continuously developed through input from professionals in technology fields and the instructors at the university. The keynote closed with an invitation from the President for the Life Members to visit the Hornet’s Nest Indoor Drone Testing facility run by ENVI. The members were excited to be given the opportunity to see for themselves an example of the technological developments that Coleman is fostering and the extracurricular experiences that are available to its students.

Coleman University Hosts Esteemed Tech San Diego Data Series Presentations

Coleman University does its best to host events that our students can sit in on, and ones that will directly benefit out students through professional development. Follow our Coleman Calendar, The Coleman Post newsletter, and look for announcements on campus to find out about all of the student opportunities each month. 

Our University has been successful throughout its many years due to the relationships that we have curated with local companies and institutions that share our vision of community engagement with progressing technology. In February of this year we worked with a local organization that also seeks to advance understanding of technology not just for our city, but also nationally. Tech San Diego has been a purveyor of the San Diego technology community since 1994. Their mission is to foster the growth of collaborations between industry, education, and government as a support structure for our community. Tech San Diego supports various industries such as: Cybersecurity, Big Data (analytics), Robotics, IOT, Defense, Telecommunications, and Cloud Infrastructure. This month they hosted two events on our campus centered on the future of technology development in Big Data Analytics and Cybersecurity. On February 23, 2017 Ramkumar Ravichandran presented his speech on his experience as Director of Analytics for VISA and using Teradata in major data analytics. Teradata is database management system founded in 1979 that has become a leader in the Analytics of Things (AoT) for major corporations (Teradata.com). Mr. Ravichandran drives Visa’s actionable insights derived from Business Analytics, Advanced Analytics and A/B testing. He discussed how to build high performing data science/analytics teams and the best practices for delivering results to drive business impact. The presentation was attended by representatives from Big Data companies and students from local universities as well as Coleman. The second event was a round table discussion on the current state of cybersecurity in major company networks led by Stephen Cobb. This round table was a deep look at what is on the horizon for threats to not just personal information but also to companies that handle mass amounts of data daily. Attendees were able to ask questions about what threats are trending now, and how to promote “cyber-awareness” within a corporate community.

Events such as these are open to Coleman students and Alumni who are interested in registering, and the university encourages our community to attend. Promoting technology awareness is more than being in a classroom, it is also about the extracurricular events that allow for public participation with accurate information. If you would like to attend more events such as Tech San Diego keep an eye on the Coleman Post newsletter for updates on what is coming to campus, follow the Coleman University blog, and look for the digital displays on campus for daily reminders of upcoming events.

Tips for Developing a Well-Crafted Resume

This post was written by the Director of Career Services, Robert Sweigart in preparation for the upcoming Job Fair, on March 28, being hosted on our campus. Thank you to Mr. Sweigart and his team for working so hard to help our students find their dream careers! Contact your Career Services adviser for help with your resume, or email careerservices@coleman.edu.

At Coleman University, our diverse student population includes those seeking their first job, returning veterans, students interested in changing careers, and individuals returning to the workforce after a leave of absence. What they all have in common is the need to create an appealing, professional resume that catches an employer’s eye.

Today, employers spend only a few seconds on each resume they receive. Therefore, employees need to develop a resume that differentiates their work background from the competition. Coleman’s career services advisors work one-on-one with students to provide personalized professional development services, and our experience shows that when it comes to resumes, one size does not necessarily fit all.  There are requirements and recommendations that we have for each of our programs. What suits your resume is not guaranteed to work for your peers. The basics of a resume are the same, however each resume is unique. If you need help updating your resume or would like to have it reviewed make time to visit your Career Services Advisor as soon as possible so that we can help you get into the career you really want.

Candidates should thoroughly read the job description and tailor their resume to the needs of the company. Is the company interested only in candidates that hold a specific degree or certification? Does the company require candidates to submit a portfolio of their work? At Coleman, our graphic design and game development and design students are encouraged to refine their portfolios and post them online, so that they are easily accessible to employers. You do not need to bring an arsenal of technology and handouts to go with your resumes, but keep in mind that employers will search for your name online and it is pertinent to ensure that what they find will not disqualify you as a candidate. Update your portfolios, websites, or any other digital media that you curate, before you begin submitting resumes.

Keep in mind that many large and small companies utilize applicant tracking systems to assist in their recruiting efforts. These systems search for key words in your resume to add to their database. It is important that candidates include those key words from the job description so that they are not automatically disqualified before they even meet with an employer.

What other aspects should be considered when writing a resume?

  • Formatting is important. You may want to research resumes from peers in your field to determine whether there is a certain outline that should be followed, or speak with a career advisor. Use (but don’t overuse) bullet points. Avoid graphics, large blocks of single-spaced text, and varying font sizes.
  • Proper grammar and punctuation is critical. There is no place for slang words in a resume. If you have questions about grammar or punctuation, check out grammar books from the local library, view online sources, or seek out a career advisor or trusted friend for advice.
  • Place name, phone number(s), address, and e-mail address in the top left-hand corner. Create a professional e-mail address and take a professional photo for social media sites.
  • Write a succinct profile that highlights work experiences and the skills you have to offer an employer. This profile should entice a hiring manager to read further.
  • Resumes no longer include an objective. Instead, we recommend students write a summary of their skills, using bullet points to identify all the relevant abilities that pertain to the job for which they are applying.
  • The work experience section of the resume should include dates of employment in reverse chronological order, the name of organization, the physical location of the employer (city and state), the title of the position, and description of work responsibilities. Under each position, emphasize specific results generated (how you reduced costs, increased sales, overcame a challenge) and use action verbs.
  • Maintain a simple and direct resume. Do not exaggerate your experience or your qualifications as that is a good way to put yourself in a work situation that you may not be ready to handle. Be honest and concise with the information that you put onto your resume as it sets the tone for what an employer can expect from you as a potential employee, including your work ethics.
  • The Career Services Department strongly suggests avoiding using a template for your resume. Downloaded or borrowed templates are not guaranteed to look the same after they are sent off and employers will notice immediately if you have sent in a template resume, which will not work in your favor.

If you experienced a gap in employment due to illness or caring for a family member, be prepared to give a short response that explains the situation. Business Insider gives 3 tips for addressing a job gap: be honest and upfront, consider doing volunteer work or taking relevant classes, and, explain the skills acquired while you were out of work. Gaps in employment are not necessarily viewed as negative if it can be explained how time away from the workforce has strengthened your background as the perfect candidate for the job.

  • The education section should include the name of the institution, dates attended, and degree or degrees earned. Remember to include the major, minor, and important certifications. Make mention of academic awards if they are applicable to the position. Include a GPA if it is higher than 3.0, or if you do not have previous work experience.
  • Veterans are often concerned how to transferring their military experience into civilian terms. Many skills gained in the military, such as organization, leadership, responsibility, and technical ability can be easily translated to a civilian job.
  • Make sure that you include everything that an employer asks for with your resume submission, which may include a cover letter. The Harvard Business Review suggests a list of important cover letter aspects that will make your resume stand out. The Career Services Advisors at Coleman are here to help you with drafting your cover letters. Again, it is important that you make time to speak with them as soon as possible in order to be completely prepared for your career search.

Now that you have an understanding of what to include in a resume, we recommend omitting the following information:

  • Personal information, such as age, marital status, race, or number of dependent children need not be included. Hobbies should be mentioned, only if they are applicable to the job. There is also no need to include high school graduation information.
  • Irrelevant work history and nonessential extracurricular activities should not be listed. Think of your resume as your personal “elevator speech.” Only include work experience that highlights relevant skills and experience.
  • All employers expect job applicants to have references, so there is no need to include a statement such as, “References will be furnished upon request.”
  • It has become a more common practice among employers to seek out the private social media profiles of candidates in order to gain better insight into an applicant’s background. However, there is no need to include links or information pertaining to your personal social media profiles on your resume. It can be beneficial to include a link to your LinkedIn profile, so make sure that you have updated your LinkedIn before you start applying to employment opportunities. However, that is not something you are required to provide as part of a resume submission.

While we all live in a fast-paced world, it is important to take time with the resume process. Developing a carefully constructed resume could be the difference between hiring you, or the competition, for the next “dream” job.

Coleman University’s Cybersecurity Degree Program

Introduction

Considering a career in cybersecurity? At Coleman University, we offer a program that will prepare you for the ins and outs of the cybersecurity industry. Sure, you may feel safe browsing the Internet, and you likely are! But the fact of the matter is that high-profile data breaches happen every day. These data breaches can expose your personal information, including credit card numbers, social security number, and bank account information. Oftentimes, hackers will attack large institutions, such as big box stores or even government entities, in an attempt to steal private information from huge groups of people at one time. Now more than ever, companies are realizing the importance of protecting themselves and their clients from cybercriminals. Over the past few years, government entities around the world are making cybersecurity a priority for their classified information. As a result, the cybersecurity industry is booming, reaching even greater heights in the future. Now is the time to launch a career in cybersecurity with a degree from Coleman University. With coursework focused in networking concepts, server interfaces, network security, and more, Coleman graduates enter the workforce with the skills and knowledge to help make the Internet a safer place for users.

Scope of Study

Coleman University’s Cybersecurity associate’s degree program is designed to be completed in 8 10-week modules and its bachelor degree program in 15 10-week modules, with undergraduate program classes starting every 10 weeks. Degree requirements include satisfactory coursework in subjects such as (but not limited to) network security, mathematics, and CISCO connectivity. The skills and technologies learned from the Cybersecurity degree program encompass multiple disciplines of computer networking, lending core concepts to careers in law enforcement, web security, and computer systems architect. Technology is continually evolving, so people in this particular profession need to be kept abreast of new developments and trends. Coleman University utilizes the most up-to-date hardware and software packages in an effort to prepare students for an ever-changing industry. Coleman University’s Cybersecurity degree program prepares students for success in all facets: resume assistance, developing the necessary skills and knowledge, interview skills, and career guidance.

Curriculum

The Cybersecurity degree program encompasses a multifaceted understanding of various processes, skills, and technologies that are necessary to succeed in a career in cybersecurity. Students are given foundational knowledge on which to build proficiencies in networking concepts, virus and trojan prevention, and information security.

Students will start with four preparatory classes that will introduce them to the core tenets of cybersecurity. The four introductory classes are:

NET 110 A+ Repairing and Maintaining PCs
This course is designed to give the student a solid theory basis for PC hardware. The course covers system types, system assembly, PC components, and diagnostic tools. Emphasis is placed on understanding the PC components, how they function, and troubleshooting skills. Additional topics include PC installation, configuration, upgrading, troubleshooting, diagnosing, safety, preventative maintenance, operating systems diagnostics, and operating system upgrades.

NET 250 Networking Concepts
This course covers the basic concepts of local area networks (LANs) and their technologies. This course will use a technical approach to LANs, including an overview of networking protocols, topographies, media, and networking devices using the Open System Interconnection (OSI) reference model. This course shows how data flows from the home, small office/home office (SOHO), and enterprise networks.

NET 210 Wireless Technologies
This course is a concept and theory class on today’s wireless technologies in use. Topics covered will be wireless LANs, satellite communications, cellular technology, Bluetooth, global positioning systems, as well as general wireless digital technologies. Students will go through the various aspects of each interface, including coding, hardware, and possible exploitable points.

COM 259 Linux Fundamentals
History, concepts, and facilities of the LINUX operating system will be discussed. The course introduces the user interface, common commands, and basic system administration of a LINUX operating system. Students will learn how to write and execute LINUX shell scripts used for the controlled execution of a series of basic LINUX commands. The basics of script writing (creation, writing in the shell programming language, debugging, and execution) will be covered, along with an overview of built-in shell commands available to the user. Advanced topics will include use of user/shell/environmental variables, script commands for decision-making, looping and flow control, and creation of shell aliases and functions.

After these four foundational classes, students will be subjected to more specialized coursework, ranging from Advanced TCP/IP integration to Virtualization. Because the cybersecurity industry is related to law enforcement, Coleman University also requires students to take SEC 210 Ethics, Policies, and Procedures. This course will introduce students to the importance of developing an information security documentation program and how to develop and implement effective policies and procedures. The course focuses on technology writing, legal and ethical issues, fair use policies, information protection, policy development, standards, information classification, and security checklists. The goal of the Cybersecurity program is to produce well-rounded graduates who are able to seamlessly integrate into a variety of different positions in the cybersecurity industry. By subjecting students to multiple networks, server types, and information transfers, we are confident that our graduates possess the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in a competitive industry.

Skills Learned

• An in-depth understanding of operating systems, networks, virtualization software. Since cyberattacks happen across different operating systems (OS, Windows, LINUX, etc.), you must possess a thorough knowledge of how these operating systems work. Though used to accomplish the same general tasks, operating system coding can be very dissimilar. As a result, a cybersecurity expert must know how each system works, including the weak, exploitable points that hackers may target.

• Proficiency with LINUX coding language. Since in-house security software development is an important part of an organization’s security policy, one must possess the skills and knowledge to safeguard valuable information through effective coding. Oftentimes, data breaches are the result of small vulnerabilities overlooked by programmers who lack the understanding of data security measures. Though the average college computer science program may touch upon it briefly, many programmers lack the skills to properly address coding flaws that safeguard against attacks. That is where the Cybersecurity program from Coleman University comes into play.

• Advanced network to network connectivity. Through classes like NET 260 Linux Network Administration and NET 225 Introduction to CISCO Networking, students will be introduced to network security issues, including authentication, attacks, malicious code, remote access, web and email security, wireless networking, instant messaging, network devices, network security topologies, cryptography, and disaster recovery. These classes include both theory-based and hands-on training to develop a fundamental understanding of how computers communicate.

• Cloud technologies. Through the use of virtualization, Coleman University utilizes a strategic technology that forms the basis for private and public cloud systems and reduces overall IT cost. Students will learn virtualization architecture, platforms, and technologies that will prepare them for a career in network management.

Job Prospects for Cybersecurity Graduates

As long as there are criminals who wish to do harm on the Internet, organizations of all kinds will need cybersecurity experts to protect their interests. With many different career fields in the cybersecurity industry, Coleman University graduates have ample opportunity to find their niche, whether that is in law enforcement or a Fortune 500 company! Due to the broad range of industries that employ cybersecurity experts, job titles vary greatly from business to business. These titles range from information security specialist to network engineer, though the main responsibilities are the same. As a result, it is a bit difficult to give consensus salary and job prospect information. However, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, information security jobs are projected to grow at a rate of 36% by 2024. With the average rate of growth of about 8% for all professions, cybersecurity appears to be a profession on the rise.

The greatest increase in need for cybersecurity professionals may come from government entities. In 2014, President Obama made information security a national priority, calling for increased safeguards on the nation’s information technology. Two of the priorities of this initiative are the protection of national medical records and the increasing adoption of cloud-based technologies. As healthcare providers increasingly transition to electronic records and away from physical files, this sensitive information becomes vulnerable to attack. Though not possessing any real monetary value, medical records are tremendously private and need to be protected. Also, the increase in cloud-based technologies and services for small businesses and consumers necessitates an increase in safeguards for users. With millions of transactions happening every day, people need to know that their banking information is protected. The data breaches at massive corporations like Target and Home Depot prove that cybercriminals can attack even the best technologies. As a result, the U.S. is making cybersafeguards a priority going forward.

Recap

Though the cybersecurity industry is booming, the projected growth rate for the industry shows how in demand the people with the skills and knowledge to protect sensitive information will become over the next few years. As technology advances, cybercriminals will devise new, creative ways to attack secure information. However, with schools like Coleman University offering degree programs in cybersecurity, organizations of all kinds will be equipped to combat these cyberattacks and protect the data that is most precious to them.

Faculty Spotlight: Jonathan Rodley

Faculty Spotlight: Jonathan Rodley

Faculty Spotlight: Jonathan Rodley

Jonathan Rodley is a part-time adjunct instructor at Coleman where he teaches English Composition and Creative Writing at Coleman University. Rodley says that creative writing is a way of life for him and he wants to share this passion with his students, whom he greatly admires.

“It takes a certain caliber of person who can work full-time during the day and come to class in the evening, fully prepared,” Rodley said. “I appreciate the experiences that Coleman students bring to the classroom.”

When he is not teaching, Rodley participates in poetry readings, book making, and attends conferences in writing and pedagogy. His other pursuits include spear fishing, surfing, and working as an ocean lifeguard for the City of San Diego during the summer. He served as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army from 2010 to 2014, spending time in both Georgia and Korea. As a member of the U.S. Army Reserve, he is involved in the Psychological Operations Company, or PSYOP.

In the past, Rodley worked as a freelance reporter for the former North County Times, and a tutor/mentor for the federally funded Upward Bound program. He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. His combined experiences make him a valuable contributor to the Coleman faculty team.

Coleman Hosts Job Fair & Open House on Sept. 20

Coleman University will host a job fair and an open house on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. The job fair will be held from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and the open house will be held from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. on our campus at 8888 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123. The public is invited to attend.

Technology Focused Companies Seek Qualified Applicants from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m
Meet with the area’s top tech firms and network with your peers at the job fair. Attendees are encouraged to wear business attire and bring plenty of résumés. The following companies are registered to attend: Abacus Data Systems, AIS™ Data Centers, AVSD (Audio Video San Diego), California Coast Credit Union, CCS Global Tech, CGI Federal, Cobham Microelectronic Solutions, Computers 2 SD Kids, Financial Coach 4 U, FortuneBuilders, H&R Block®, Infinite Corporation, Manpower®, PM Talent Global, Randstad Technologies, Robert Half®, ScaleMatrix, SoftHQ, TriTech Software Systems, and the US Army®. Refreshments will be served.

Meet Instructors and Staff at the Open House from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Learn more about the technology-focused undergraduate and graduate degrees available at Coleman University. Program directors from the colleges of cybersecurity, software development, graphic design, game programming design and development, and graduate studies will be available to answer any questions about the programs and courses. Meet with members of the admission and financial aid staffs and find out more about Coleman’s extracurricular student clubs, from Team Antikythera (the cybersecurity club) to ENVI (envi-us.org), the Electric and Networked Vehicle Institute based on the Coleman campus. The ENVI-Coleman-San Diego Mesa College’s student-designed-and-built autonomous robotic submarine used in this year’s RoboSub competition, will be on display.

Classes start on Monday, October 17. For more information about the job fair or open house, contact us at 858-499-0202.

Showcase Your Company at the Job Fair
Space is still available to register your business at the job fair. There is no registration fee. Companies will be provided with tables and chairs. For more information, contact Robert Sweigart, Director of Career Services at 858-499-0202 or send email to rsweigart@coleman.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Coleman University’s Game Programming Development & Design Degree

Considering a career in video game programming development and design? At Coleman University, we offer a program that will prepare you for the in-and-outs of the video game industry. With coursework focused in animation, coding, modeling, and more, Coleman graduates enter the workforce with the skills and knowledge to design and develop their very own games! Below are five things that potential students may not know about a degree in Game Programming Development and Design from Coleman:

  1. Students design and programmatically create 2D and 3D games from conception to implementation. While the creation of 2D games (like Angry Birds) and 3D games (like Halo) share fundamental concepts, inherent differences in coding demand specialized training. As a result, Coleman graduates possess well-rounded skillsets and are qualified to pursue a career in game design or development.

In an effort to provide additional hands-on experience, Coleman encourages students to work on independent game projects, as well as participate in two “Game Jams” per year with our partner, the San Diego chapter of the International Game Developers Association. A game jam is a game development marathon that can last up to 48 hours and is meant to be collaborative. Generally, game jams bring people together in a single location and are given a theme on which to base their game. Students form teams to bounce ideas off of each other, ask questions, and receive feedback from group leaders and competing teams. Though they only have 48 hours to produce a prototype, many developers go on to complete their games afterwards. By designing and programming their own games, students receive the opportunity to experience the responsibilities and tasks that accompany a career in game design and development. It also allows the students to create a portfolio of their work, which can set an applicant apart when applying for jobs after graduation. As a matter of fact, some of the assets created are used in actual games!

  1. The skills, technology, and processes learned from the Game Programming Development and Design degree program are not limited to the gaming industry. They lend core concepts to careers in modeling, computer graphics, product demonstration, film, marketing, and crime scene reenactment. The program, though specialized, provides solid foundational knowledge upon which students can build. With the wide range of coding-based professions available today, a degree in Game Programming Development and Design from Coleman grants students the freedom to branch out and find the niche that fits them best.

Technology is continually evolving, so people in this particular profession need to be kept abreast of new developments and trends. Coleman utilizes the most up-to-date hardware and software packages in an effort to prepare students for an ever-changing industry. To meet the needs of employers, the program was built with industry input to give students a solid foundational understanding of the skills necessary for the game development process. With a thorough understanding of the underlying concepts of coding hardware and software, Coleman graduates are equipped to translate their education and training to the future.

  1. Coleman’s Game Programming Development and Design program has a low student-to-faculty ratio. Due to the highly specialized nature of game design and development, students benefit from increased one-on-one instruction from industry experts. With a team of highly qualified instructors imparting their years of experience and knowledge on their students, they serve not only as teachers, but also as mentors for fledgling game designers. The small class sizes allow the instructors to get to know each student individually, ensuring insight into each student’s progress, strengths and weaknesses, and goals.

Coleman benefits from employing instructors that have left real-life marks in the game development and design industry. Here are three faculty members that have succeeded in the field and now shape aspiring designers at Coleman:

  • Tommy Mitchellis our Level Design, Digital Sculpting and Game Programming Capstone Instructor. He is an 8-year veteran of the game industry with over 10 titles shipped under his belt. He continues to work for Sony Interactive Entertainment via San Diego and Santa Monica Studios. Various shipped titles include: MLB 08: The Show, MLB 09: The Inside, MOD Nation Racers, Starhawk, Pixel Junk Shooter, Sound Shapes, and the God of War franchise.
  • William Martin is our Photoshop and Shader Materials Instructor. His extensive experience in the game industry includes High Moon Studios and Sony Online Entertainment (Daybreak Games).
  • Travis Vasquez started his own business in 2008 as a freelance designer. Vasquez has worked with Allied Waste, Zebra Technologies, DVS Shoes, Western Outdoors, Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), Borrego Solar, Valve, and Virtuos to name a few. With ten years of corporate management experience and eighteen years of design, he has a thorough knowledge of the game development pipeline.

Another benefit of a low student-to-faculty ratio is the ability to collaborate with your classmates. At Coleman, this results in a student-centric learning environment where students are able to increase their engagement with the material and discuss what they have learned. Instead of an instructor merely reciting information for the students to memorize, they are forced to contextualize the material and put what they have learned into action.

  1. The student will gain valuable experience developing for console and PC platforms. With the utilization of 3D technology in video gaming since its inception 24 years ago, designers have made great strides in the development of both PC and console gaming. The ability to move characters on multiple planes (left, right, up, down, nearer, and farther) opened the door to developing new types of games. As this software became more and more advanced, the hardware had to keep up with the high demands that the developer was placing upon it. As a result, a split between console gaming and PC gaming emerged. Until recently, developing for PCs and developing for consoles was quite different. Coleman’s program teaches students how to navigate the intricacies of both categories: navigating hardware restrictions, developing physics engines, and mastering coding languages. Students will also learn arguably the two most popular game engines available today: Unity and Unreal. Though used to accomplish similar tasks, these game engines possess different attributes, strengths, and limitations.

For example, Unity can be used to develop 3D platform games, but it really shines when used for mobile gaming and on 2D platforms. If you plan on developing games for mobile devices, then Unity would be the right game engine for you. On the other hand, Unreal’s advanced physics engine and powerful 3D renderings make Unreal the choice for developers that want to create the next great open-world adventure game. With the ability to program in both game engines, Coleman graduates possess well-rounded skill sets that really set themselves apart in the job interview process.

  1. Coleman’s Game Programming Development and Design program believes that game development is a form of human expression. You may not be able to draw, write music, or sing, but Coleman’s program gives you the tools to express yourself through your career. More than anything, Coleman offers students the opportunity to pursue their passions and bring their visions to life. Video games are an immersive medium, in that the designer is able to lie out his ideas, but the player has the ability to explore the world without strict constraints. Though there are general guidelines that a player must follow, players are not corralled into a beginning, middle, and end quite like movies or books. This allows designers to plant hidden meanings and Easter eggs into their work, to make it a bit more personal. More and more, designers are linking real-world connections like emotions to gameplay, much like a storyteller does with his words. Designers have a story to tell, and they are using this medium as a creative outlet. With a degree in game programming development and design from Coleman, you, too, will be able to tell your story.

Video games, once considered a second-class medium, have sprouted to mainstream relevance. With major studios investing billions of dollars into new titles every year, the industry is reaching new highs that were once thought unrealistic. Video games have become an art form, much like film and literature. Gone are the days of minimal storylines and straightforward instructions. Now, video games can possess hundreds of hours of game play with blockbuster plots and sprawling landscapes. As such, gamers, now and into the future, will plunge themselves into these games, not just as a means of rudimentary entertainment, but immersing themselves in worlds as grandiose as the most magnificent fairy tale. Though limited by hardware constraints, game designers are pushing the limits of what many would have considered impossible even a few years ago. Just like the impact of 3D technology’s introduction over twenty years ago, the next great technological advancement may change the world of gaming forever. At Coleman, we strive to give our students the tools that they need to thrive in this ever-evolving industry.

Coleman University Partners with San Diego IGDA for Game Jam

Game Jam 3 August 2016

One of the many award-winning Game Jam teams

Who likes video gaming? We do! In August, students from Coleman University’s Game Programming Development and Design program, members of San Diego’s International Game Developers Association, and enthusiastic gamers from the San Diego area converged on campus for 3 days of game development and play.

Teams brought their own laptops, desktops and gaming accessories, or made use of Coleman’s Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets to design and develop unique games based on the theme “Group Think.” See the groups pitch their gaming idea presentations and watch interviews with participants here.

At the end of the event, gamers voted on each other’s games and awards were given to the following:

Grand Prize – Synch or Swim
Best Design – Holes of Glory
Best Art – Band Kids
Best Audio – Pizza Cat
Best Abstract – Get to Work
Judge’s Award – Twitch Plays Trivia

All games can be viewed and played at https://itch.io/jam/sdgamejam/results. Thanks to the many participants and organizers with the San Diego IDGA for another successful Game Jam event!

Find out how our Game Programming Development and Design program prepares students by teaching character development, story-telling, 3D-image rendering, animation, and environmental modeling. Call us today at 858-499-0202 or request more information here.

 

Register Today for Professional Development Courses in Cybersecurity

Coleman University offers a certificate program for cybersecurity professionals wanting to brush up on their skills in one or more of our three tracks: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing, Digital and Network Forensics, and Management of Information Security. Courses begin on Monday, October 17, 2016 at Coleman University. Students who successfully complete each track will receive a certificate of completion. All courses are taught in the evening on the Coleman campus.

The 40-week Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing track provides an in-depth knowledge of network and operating system security, followed by familiarization with the tools and techniques used by both ethical hackers and penetration testers towards network defense and security assessment. Courses in this include Intermediate Network Security Operating System Hardening, Advanced Network Security / Ethical Hacking, and Advanced Network Security / Penetration Testing.

In the 20-week Digital and Network Forensics track, students learn about the techniques used in data recovery for civil and corporate proceedings, along with those used in the corporate environment for investigations following network intrusions and breaches. The two courses in this track are Intermediate Network Security, and Computer and Network Forensics.

The 20-week Management of Information Security track provides the core knowledge necessary to manage an organization’s information security program, including an understanding of risk management and corporate information security governance. The two courses in this track are Management of Information Security, and Governance, Risk, and Compliance Management.

Call 858-499-0202 to find out how you can get started today.