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VCSU Partners with Business to Prepare Students for Careers

Jan. 26, 2009 8:40 AM | Updated: Jan. 26th, 2009 8:43 AM
Valley City State University (VCSU) has joined the Americas' SAP Users' Group (ASUG) as a University Alliance Program (UAP) member. In advancing its strategic efforts to partner with North Dakota businesses, this new alliance will help prepare VCSU graduates with real-world job skills. This move allows VCSU to incorporate SAP software into its curriculum and interact with dozens of organizations nationwide that use SAP software to drive business operations.

Dr. Steve Shirley, president of VCSU, said, "One of the ways that our Business and Information Technology curriculum is unique is the emphasis on hands-on experience. Partnerships with leading software companies like SAP let us provide our students with an edge over the competition in the job market."

SAP is the world's largest business software company and the world's third-largest independent software provider overall. Its products are collaborative business solutions for all types of industries and for every major market that are used by more than 41,200 customers worldwide.

ASUG's University Alliance Program allows schools of business, information technology, and engineering to use SAP software in the academic environment. This practice enhances the educational experience by giving students opportunities to put theory into practice through hands-on experience with the software.

VCSU is using SAP software in several courses in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems (CIS), and the curriculum is a big hit with students. Richard Gruman, a senior from Fingal, ND majoring in Business Administration, said, "Using SAP in business classes made it more meaningful and easier to understand. I learned a lot about the software and was able to apply it in an actual business sense." Laura Jorissen, a senior from Valley City, ND majoring in Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing and Management, said, "Many companies are using SAP to help their business, so having experience with SAP listed on your resume is valuable. Every student going into business should take this kind of course."

In addition to its traditional Bachelor's degrees in Business Administration and CIS, VCSU also offers a certificate program in Enterprise Applications that may be completed fully online. This makes the program well-suited for working professionals who want to add qualifications in enterprise systems to their background. The courses also meet requirements for VCSU's Bachelor's degree in CIS.

As part of its membership in ASUG, VCSU also became a member of the nearest regional chapter: the ASUG Minnesota Chapter. Faculty member Sue Pfeifer is already active in the group on the committee that plans chapter meetings held three times per year in the Twin Cities area. MNSUG and VCSU plan to work together to offer North Dakota and rural Minnesota SAP users opportunities to participate in chapter meetings and regional collaborations.

About ASUG

The Americas' SAP Users' Group (ASUG) is an independent, volunteer-run organization that facilitates connections among members of the SAP ecosystem. As the most valued voice for SAP customer influence, ASUG maintains its unique position by connecting SAP experts who share their knowledge back with the community-creating an ongoing cycle of shared experience that enables strong business results and real competitive advantage for the entire SAP ecosystem. (www.asug.com).

About Valley City State University

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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