SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- Shepherd University has witnessed record-breaking enrollment in recent years.
Now the professors behind a new computer engineering program at Shepherd believe the school will grow even faster.
Shepherd's entry into the new study area comes at a time of significant demand for computer engineers.
The U.S. Department of Labor projects a 10 percent to 20 percent growth in demand for computer engineers by 2014, according to Shepherd officials.
Seung-yun Kim, an assistant professor involved in the new four-year degree program, said he recently did an Internet search and discovered there were 200 computer engineering jobs available within a 60-mile radius of Shepherdstown.
"It's really hot," said Kim, assistant professor of computer information and science.
Shepherd officials announced Dec. 6 that the state Higher Education Policy Commission approved Shepherd's computer engineering program. The degree program was a culmination of teamwork between faculty and feedback from the Higher Education Policy Commission, according to a news release from the school.