"The training is certainly better today," she said. Some graduates in the past "were not prepared for the kinds of jobs we had to offer."
Aurel Lazar, 21, changed his focus from academic research when he learned more in his Georgia Tech classes about the computer industry. After graduation, he took a job with Microsoft in March.
"The major tech companies will come to the school and talk about their research almost every week," he said. "Microsoft and Google are practically part of the College of Computing."