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ARMONK, N.Y. & OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. - 02 Dec 2008: IBM (NYSE:IBM) and DeVry University today jointly announced the launch of a new Enterprise Computing track within DeVry University’s Computer Information Systems (CIS) bachelor’s degree program. The new track will provide students with critical computing skills designed to meet the increased demands of IBM clients and Business Partners. The new Enterprise Computing track is planned to be available to DeVry University students beginning in March 2009.
DeVry University, a member of the IBM Academic Initiative program, is the first to incorporate multiple IBM Systems technologies into a single degree program track. Through the Enterprise Computing track within DeVry University’s CIS degree program, students can gain an understanding of end-to-end systems solutions found in a modern data center, which can help set them apart from their peers. With a solid technical understanding of multiple IBM technologies, this will help DeVry University students be better equipped to compete in a global economy that demands using the latest server technologies to help solve business and energy challenges, such as dwindling IT resources and escalating real estate and energy costs.
This relationship between IBM and DeVry University is part of IBM's continued commitment to work with leading colleges and universities to cultivate and grow opportunities for enterprise systems application developers and programmers. Launched in 2004, the overall IBM Academic Initiative offers a wide range of technology education benefits through IBM's deep technology history -- from IBM-supplied instruction to technology -- that can be scaled to meet the goals of most universities. The IBM Academic Initiative for System z and Power Systems programs works with schools to enable courses, labs, senior design projects, and research in enterprise systems concepts.
"IBM's clients and Business Partners are always looking for college graduates who are educated in enterprise systems concepts and technologies," said Ross Mauri, general manager, IBM Power Systems. "DeVry University’s courses will help students develop skills unique to scalable midrange and mainframe platforms. As an added feature, students will apply that knowledge by using IBM technology through the use of supported 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, DeVry University. “Within the next five to seven years, Baby Boomers will begin retiring and DeVry University 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 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."
Many organizations can benefit from this new collaboration between IBM and DeVry, including the extensive user group communities across Power Systems and System z technology. One such group is the Large User Group (LUG), an organization of high-end IBM Power Systems i users. This group comprised of over 100 IBM customers worldwide supports the new Enterprise Computing track being offered by DeVry University as an excellent means of developing a new base of talent for its members. The LUG membership represents many diverse industries including retail, logistical services, financial services, real estate, insurance and others, and a number of LUG members are included in the Fortune 500.
IBM Academic Initiative faculty members worldwide can access more than 1,000 other hardware, software and services training resources at no cost by visiting www.ibm.com/university/academicinitiative/. 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. To be friends with System z or meet other System z friends, visit the System z's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com keyword: systemz mainframe.
About DeVry University
As one of the largest degree-granting higher education systems in North America, DeVry University provides high-quality, career-oriented associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in technology, healthcare technology, business and management. More than 65,000 students are enrolled at its more than 92 locations in 26 states and Canada, as well as through DeVry University Online. DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (NCA), http://www.ncahlc.org. DeVry University, a division of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV), is based in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. For more information about DeVry University, visit http://www.devry.edu.
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