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Meeting Industry’s Changing IT Needs

Meeting Industry’s Changing IT Needs
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Author(s): Dewey A. Swanson (Purdue University, USA), Nancy Wilson Head (Purdue University, USA)and Julie Phillips (Purdue University, USA)
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 2
Source title: Information Technology & Organizations: Trends, Issues, Challenges & Solutions
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-066-0.ch321
ISBN13: 9781616921248
EISBN13: 9781466665330


Purdue University’s School of Technology has long been a proponent of responding to the industry and business needs in order to enhance the social and economic development of the state. One of the strong partnerships that has developed over the years is between the Purdue University location in Columbus, IN and Cummins Inc. a leading worldwide designer and manufacturer of diesel engines and related products for trucks and other equipment. Purdue University entered into a joint venture with Cummins Inc. in 1997 in an attempt to benefit Purdue, Cummins and the local community. The program named Advanced Information Technology Training Program (AITTP) started as a one-time effort that has evolved into a program offered twice a year since the initial offering in 1997. The Advanced Information Technology Training Program (AITTP) is a program where Purdue University offers six credit courses and a project delivered in a compressed format for Cummins Inc. employees and individuals from the community. These courses have focused in the database area developing skills for application developers or database administrators by providing a strong foundation for new hires and retraining current employees. Students go through the program as a cohort group. Since its inception there have been over seventy graduates of the program. According to Cummins the normal IT attrition rate is estimated at 15%. For the AITTP graduates this rate is approximately 8%. The AITTP has been used as a prototype by the CPT department as an external source of funds and a means to acquire new faculty.

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