Apr 19th, 2006 @ 11:33 am | Author:
Valley City State University (VCSU) officially launched the Institute for Customized Business Solutions (ICBS) by assigning key responsibilities to Dr. Terry Corwin, VCSU Director of Special Projects, and Rick Ross, Chair of the VCSU Division of Business and Information Technology. Dr. Corwin was named as the Interim ICBS Director, and Ross was named the Interim Business Development and Academic Director.

The ICBS is a public-private partnership that will create new software consulting jobs in North Dakota with internationally competitive quality, productivity, and cost factors. The Institute will partner with private sector organizations to develop customized curriculum and internship opportunities to deliver a reliable pipeline of comprehensively prepared candidates for employment tailored to meet specific business needs. Funded through the 'Centers of Excellence' initiative, the Institute is expected to produce 40 new private sector jobs by the end June of 2007 and lead to 200 new jobs by 2010.

As Interim Director, Dr. Corwin will work with a launch team that will have responsibility for implementing the proposal until new staff can be hired to manage the ICBS on an on-going basis. Members of the launch team include various VCSU faculty and staff plus third-parties experienced in the IT services sector and project management. A private sector advisory board is also being assembled to ensure the ICBS remains a model that can serve additional needs in the future. Dr. Corwin's immediate responsibilities include managing a nationwide search for a permanent Director, establishing a business plan, and defining administrative policies and procedures under which the ICBS will operate.

As the Business Development and Academic Director, Ross is responsible for negotiating agreements with private sector partners, managing the development of customized curriculum to fulfill these agreements, and arranging articulation agreements with other colleges to make the ICBS accessible to a larger prospective student base. The first courses offered through the institute are expected to be scheduled for the fall semester of 2006.

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.