An Ozarks university says it’s
changing quickly to keep its graduates ahead of the curve. As part of that,
It’s probably the quickest this university has ever developed a degree program.
Six months ago,
For local businesses, graduates from this program can't come fast enough.
“Most of the focus is on technical skills only,” said Neal Anderson.
That's because Anpac, like many other service-based industries, are increasingly marketing themselves in a global economy. It's a world where IT professionals are needed to help companies stay ahead of the curve when it comes to an online presence and technology.
Many of these graduates know the ins and outs of computers, but that’s not necessarily the case when it comes to managing people and entire departments.
“Most people aren’t prepared for that,” he says.
So this Springfield-based corporation, like many others in the service industry, must spend years training people to move beyond the keyboard. Yet that may all be changing soon.
Along with learning the technical side, graduates will now be schooled in tracking business trends and how to manage the growing IT presence in this global economy.
“It will be a model for other
schools throughout the country,” said Ronal Bottin. He’s the dean of the
School leaders say
"The opportunities in the service industry are outstanding,” said Bottin. “Therefore it will give us a competitive advantage over other institutions to have this type of degree available. And that's why we're here, for the students."
To put this into perspective of how
new this program is in the undergraduate world,
They say that within a few years, a lot of colleges will be teaching very similar programs based on this MSU degree.