Customizing Curriculum for Enterprise Software Applications
The Institute for Customized Business Solutions (ICBS) is a VCSU business unit founded under Governor John Hoeven's 'Centers of Excellence' initiative that combines education and economic development to create higher paying jobs and new business opportunities for North Dakota citizens.
The ICBS will do this by ICBS forming partnerships between VCSU and businesses to produce employees that meet specialized needs.
Most organizations, particularly very large organizations, use a type of software known as Enterprise software to run their business. This software performs a wide range of functions such as management of the organization's customer, market information or financial information. Because these applications are at the very core of the organization's operations, they are willing to spend a considerable amount of time and money making sure they are effective in meeting the organization's needs.
But the employees who manage these systems require a very specialized set of skills including specialized technical skills, well-developed 'soft skills,' and an in-depth understanding of the customer's business. As a result, finding potential employees who are qualified to work in this field has become a strategic challenge.
Many students have lots of coursework in programming technology, but little or none in key business applications that dominate the available job market. How can you get that first job when they all require experience?
The ICBS was created to produce qualified enterprise software candidates to meet the specific business needs of our industry partners. At the ICBS, we build customized instructional programs with our industry partners that provide such unique features as:
Training in technologies like Java, C++ and relational database management is essential for launching an IT career. But successful organizations require more.
The ICBS goes beyond curriculum in traditional baccalaureate programs by offering courses that have been customized in the technologies businesses rely on to keep their organizations running:
A student may be a wizard at programming, but that is of little use without a grounding in the principles that drive the business.
The ICBS enhances that preparation to meet specific business-knowledge requirements:
A reliable pipeline of comprehensively prepared interns and candidates for employment
+ Skills-based training tailored to meet your specific business needs
= Enhanced market competitiveness