A new college-business relationship is drawing upon
Fisher Colleges strengths to
meet technology-driven workforce needs.
As e-commerce applications increasingly transform
business fundamentals, technology touches every aspect of a companys
operations, said Rick Roscitt, president of
AT&T Business Services.
In this converged environment, business people need to understand
technology and technologists need to be business savvy.
One of five partners in the AT&T
Alliance launched this spring, the Fisher College is working
to help meet the nations critical shortage of workers with
networking and information technologies (IT) skills. The Fisher
faculty has already developed new courses in e-commerce, entrepreneurship,
venture capital and lean manufacturing, and is engaging in research
focused on the unique management challenges of the virtual business
The new relationship is a natural fit with
what the college is doing for the Technology One Alliance,
said Glenn Swift, vice president and general manager of AT&T
Solutions. The Technology
One Alliance was formed in 1998 by Bank One, AT&T and
IBM to provide the bank with best in breed networking
and computing services, while offering employees rich on-the-job
experiences and academic opportunities.
In addition to creating curricula and leading edge
research in a previously undeveloped field, an AT&T
Foundation commitment made to the college as part of the Alliance
will support development of new continuing education opportunities
at the corporate level.
An integral part of the Education Alliance is the
in Networking Series, live interactive webcasts which provide
a forum for todays leaders in networking technology and
business to talk one-on-one with students. Fisher students and
faculty participated in the first webcast with Roscitt in May
from a classroom in Pfahl Hall.
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