May 22, 2024 6:47 pm
Central College receives $50,000 grant for research on ‘decision science’ curriculum

Central College has been awarded a $50,000 planning grant from Precision Pulley & Idler (PPI) to develop a new curriculum in decision science. The goal is to better prepare students for the rapidly changing business world, with an emphasis on artificial intelligence, analytics, and digital transformation. This curriculum will involve collaboration between different departments at the college, including math, computer science, and business.

Leslie Johnston, PPI’s vice president of human resources, expressed excitement about the partnership with Central College and highlighted the company’s pride in supporting educational institutions that enhance their offerings for students. She emphasized that by focusing on decision science, Central College is equipping students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in businesses now and in the future.

Mary Strey, the vice president for academic affairs at Central College, shared her enthusiasm about expanding the teaching of decision science. She noted that certain elements of decision science are already being covered in existing courses but that this grant would allow faculty to develop a new program and possibly introduce new courses. She emphasized that this initiative will address the challenges posed by shifting workplaces, new technologies, and changing consumer behaviors.

Central College President Mark Putnam expressed gratitude for the partnership with PPI and emphasized the importance of preparing students for future workforce needs. He acknowledged that this planning grant from PPI will support faculty and industry experts in developing a curriculum that meets the demands of the changing business landscape. He believes that this partnership will pave the way for a brighter future for Central College.

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