May 24, 2024 12:23 am
Central College Receives $50,000 Grant for Research on ‘Decision Science’ Curriculum • Iowa Capital Dispatch

Precision Pulley & Idler (PPI), a manufacturing company based in Pella, Iowa, has awarded a $50,000 planning grant to Central College to introduce a new curriculum focusing on decision science. The initiative aims to better prepare students for the changing landscape of business by incorporating elements of artificial intelligence, analytics, and digital transformation.

Central College Vice President Mary Strey mentioned that some aspects of decision science are already present in the current teaching methods and the grant will help formalize these into a new program and potentially introduce new courses. The collaboration between Central College and PPI is designed to create a curriculum that aligns with the needs of the current and future labor market, ensuring that students are equipped with the skills required to succeed in the business world.

Central College President Mark Putnam expressed gratitude for the support from PPI and emphasized the importance of partnerships with industry leaders to shape the future of education at Central College. He highlighted how this grant will enable faculty and industry experts to develop a curriculum that addresses changes in the workforce, new technologies, and evolving business practices.

Leslie Johnston, Vice President of Human Resources at PPI, highlighted the company’s pride in supporting Central College as it enhances its programs to benefit students and businesses both now and in the future. She emphasized how this collaboration aims to create a curriculum that prepares students with cutting-edge skills that will be valuable for their careers ahead.

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