Innovating for the Future: Central College Receives $50,000 Grant from Precision Pulley & Idler to Develop New Curriculum in Decision Science

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

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

Leslie Johnston, PPI’s vice president of human resources, expressed excitement about the partnership and highlighted the company’s pride in supporting Central College as they enhance their offerings for students. She mentioned that certain elements of decision science are already being covered in existing courses and that the grant will allow faculty to develop a new program and possibly introduce new courses.

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

Mary Strey, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Central College expressed excitement about this opportunity to expand teaching of decision science at the college. She mentioned that this initiative will address the challenges posed by shifting workplaces, new technologies and changing consumer behaviors. With this grant in hand, faculty can now begin to develop a comprehensive curriculum that prepares students for success in today’s fast-paced business world.

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