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Eide Bailly Partners with VCSU Center of Excellence

May. 15, 2006 2:46 PM | Updated: May. 15th, 2006 2:48 PM
Eide Bailly Technology Consulting (EBTC) has entered into a strategic alliance with Valley City State University (VCSU) under which VCSU will offer curriculum that has been customized to meet their specifications. The alliance was formed through VCSU's Institute for Customized Business Solutions (ICBS), which was recently funded under the State of North Dakota's Centers of Excellence initiative.

Scott Kost, Principal at EBTC, said, "We are aggressively pursuing the tremendous opportunities in the enterprise software consulting market, which means that identifying reliable and cost-effective recruiting strategies is key to our continued success. We have always been impressed with the graduates of VCSU, and are pleased to be working with the ICBS to make their graduates even better suited for our needs."

Dr. Ellen Chaffee, said the ICBS is designed to meet the needs of leaders in enterprise software consulting, so a strategic relationship with Eide Bailly is a natural step. "Public-private partnerships enabled by the ICBS have tremendous potential to create new jobs in North Dakota. We are looking forward to working with Eide Bailly Technology Consulting to meet their needs while building a more positive future for North Dakota."

The goal of the alliance is to develop within VCSU graduates a background that will enable them to become Enterprise Software Consultants at EBTC upon graduation. According to the agreement, students who have completed a prescribed curriculum could qualify for paid, full-time, 1-semester internship opportunities with EBTC. The required coursework will include enterprise software technologies as .NET and SQL Server plus non-technology courses that EBTS values such as professional communication. Internships will first become available in the fall semester of 2006.

The VCSU ICBS creates public-private partnerships that develop new enterprise application consulting jobs in North Dakota. It uses a unique approach to high-end information technology services called the Enterprise Application Model (EAM) to meet spiraling national demand for high quality and reasonable cost in enterprise IT services. Funded under the Centers of Excellence initiative, the ICBS is expected to create up to 200 new jobs by 2010.

Eide Bailly Technology Consulting provides IT consulting, business applications, custom application development, security and compliance, networking and staffing.

Valley City State University (VCSU) prepares people for life through visionary leadership and exemplary practices in teaching, learning and service. VCSU is nationally acclaimed for attracting and retaining talented individuals who advance quality learning opportunities and economic growth through technology and innovation.

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