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

Central College has been awarded 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 of the program 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.

Central College Vice President Mary Strey expressed excitement about the opportunity to expand the teaching of decision science. She noted that certain elements of decision science are already being covered in existing courses and that the grant would allow faculty to develop a new program and possibly introduce new courses.

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

Leslie Johnston, PPI’s vice president of human resources, highlighted the company’s 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.

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