SOUTHFIELD – Diva Tech Talk interviews Rita Barrios, PhD, Chair for the Department of CyberSecurity & Information Systems, and Associate Professor, at the University of Detroit, Mercy. The program graduates approximately 150 trained technology professionals each year. “When I first started, we only had 15 students,” Rita said. But her efforts have expanded the department to 10 times that size, over the last 3 years.  She accomplished that in a one-to-one sales role: “Hitting the pavement.  Going to high schools, and having ‘visit days’; talking with associated schools; passing out the business card at churches, and baseball games.”

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