Microsoft donates $10K for Big Bend Computer Science program scholarships

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MOSES LAKE – Microsoft has donated $10,000 to support scholarships for students in Big Bend Community College’s Computer Science program.

The new scholarships will be awarded to students who qualify and take courses pertaining to the college’s new Manufacturing and Process Technology degree with a Mission Critical Operations Emphasis. Mission critical is an industry term used to describe essential services required for day-to-day operations that could impact the bottom line or cause a potential shutdown.

The college’s Mission Critical Operations emphasis pilot launched during the 2019 fall quarter and prepares students for facilities management positions.

Big Bend Computer Science Specialist Tom Willingham said the Mission Critical Operations emphasis focused primarily on industries with large facilities to manage, such as data centers.

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