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Johnson C. Smith University Announces New Education Alliance with Microsoft

Charlotte, N.C., October 30, 2012 – Johnson C. Smith University is teaming up with Microsoft Corporation to improve technology teaching and learning as part of an innovative partnership available to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The partnership was signed on Oct. 25 during the groundbreaking ceremony for the university’s new Science Center, scheduled for completion in 2014.

“Technology literacy and skills are non-negotiables for most students entering today’s workforce,” said Reggie Isaac, senior director of Microsoft’s Charlotte Campus. “Through our alliance with Johnson C. Smith University, we are giving young people access to advanced technology, in-depth training, workforce readiness, and the preeminent technology leaders in the industry. This alliance will give the University’s students a leg up in today’s economy.”

 Isaac will work with the university over the next year to significantly enhance opportunities and training in the field of technology on a variety of fronts at JCSU, including:

  • Enhancing faculty and student education resources through the Microsoft IT Academy and DreamSpark. These programs offer access to e-learning courses and special pricing for courseware, certification exams and designer tools.
  • Fostering local innovation at JCSU’s Innovo Laboratory and College of STEM, through Microsoft BizSpark, which provides business skills development software and a virtual incubator for entrepreneurs.
  • Opening job opportunities through a Microsoft recruiting day in spring 2013, and provide job hunting, networking training and internship possibilities through the  student ambassador program.
  • Offering students direct exposure to executives in the IT field through the JCSU Leadership Lecture Series and Visiting Students Series. Students will have such opportunities as visiting a Microsoft subsidiary overseas nearest the university’s global studies program.

“Microsoft has been a great friend of the university by providing software in the past for our laptop program for students,” said Dr. Ronald L. Carter, president of Johnson C. Smith University. “This multi-faceted partnership will add relevance to our technology programs and tremendous benefits for our students and faculty. It will prepare our students to serve as mentors and tutors in our public schools to create a love for the sciences while reinforcing our commitment to an educated workforce that is on the cutting edge of technology.”   

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 23 fields of study to more than 1,600 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the university’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility. For more information about JCSU, visit www.jcsu.edu or follow the university on social media sites Facebook (www.facebook.com/smithites) and Twitter (@JCSUniversity).          

 

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