DeVry Launches New Enterprise Computing Track Focused on IBM Platforms

DeVry University and IBM have launched a new enterprise computing track within the university's computer information systems (CIS) bachelor's degree program. Available beginning in March 2009, the new track will incorporate multiple IBM technologies into a single degree program to train students on midrange and mainframe platforms.

Students will apply that knowledge by using IBM technology through the use of labs, case studies, and design projects.

"For DeVry University, the relationship with IBM enables us to continue to revitalize interest in technology careers by leveraging IBM's assets and providing a career path for our graduates," said David Pauldine, president of the university. "Within the next five to seven years, baby boomers will begin retiring and [we] can help fill the pipeline with a pool of qualified applicants for IBM, its customers, and business partners. Our students will be educated on IBM's technology that currently runs the world's top 50 banks and 22 of the 25 top U.S. retailers. Through this practical education in Enterprise Computing, DeVry University's graduates will be set apart from other computer science graduates."

The collaboration between DeVry and IBM is part of the vendor's work with its Academic Initiative to cultivate and grow opportunities for enterprise systems application developers and programmers.

"The IBM Academic Initiative was established to address the need for maintaining a vibrant workforce and attracting new talent," said Terry Patane, director of IS recruiting, Costco Wholesale. "This approach creates a win-win-win relationship between IBM, key clients and forward-thinking colleges and universities. Costco's recent teaming with IBM to host the Academic Initiative roundtable for DeVry University has opened new opportunities for Costco recruiting, resulting in what we hope becomes a mutually beneficial relationship."

IBM Academic Initiative faculty members worldwide can access hardware, software, and services training resources at no cost. The IBM Academic Initiative most recently launched a Facebook profile page of System z for students and professors to connect, share mainframe news, contests, events, and job opportunities (keyword systemz mainframe).

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at dian@dischaffhauser.com or on Twitter @schaffhauser.

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