Central College receives $50,000 grant for research on ‘decision science’ curriculum

Collaboration and Innovation: Central College Receives $50,000 Planning Grant for New Decision Science Curriculum

Central College has received a $50,000 planning grant from Precision Pulley & Idler (PPI), a manufacturing company based in Pella, to develop a new curriculum in decision science. The goal is to better prepare students for the constantly evolving world of business, with a focus on artificial intelligence, analytics, and digital transformation. This curriculum will involve collaboration between different departments at the college, such as math, computer science, and business.

Leslie Johnston, PPI’s vice president of human resources, expressed pride in supporting Central College as they enhance their offerings for students. By focusing on decision science, Central College aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in businesses now and in the future. This initiative will address the challenges posed by shifting workplaces, new technologies, and changing consumer behaviors.

Central College President Mark Putnam emphasized the importance of preparing students for future workforce needs. He expressed gratitude for the partnership with PPI and highlighted how this planning grant will support faculty and industry experts in developing a curriculum that meets the demands of the changing business landscape.

Mary Strey, the vice president for academic affairs at Central College, mentioned that certain elements of decision science are already being covered in existing courses but that this grant will allow faculty to develop a new program and possibly introduce new courses. She expressed excitement about expanding teaching of decision science at the college.

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