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Trane comes to APSU for Corporate Scholar Solutions

Where can information technology students get real-world problem-solving experience?

At Austin Peay, students in the Systems Analysis and Design class taught by Dr. Bruce Myers, professor of computer science and information technology, are getting that experience in the classroom through the Corporate Scholar Solutions (CSS) program.
Where can information technology students get real-world problem-solving experience?

At Austin Peay, students in the Systems Analysis and Design class taught by Dr. Bruce Myers, professor of computer science and information technology, are getting that experience in the classroom through the Corporate Scholar Solutions (CSS) program.

CSS matches educational institutions and their information technology students with area businesses to provide “real-world, real-time” problem-based case studies as a context for learning. The program is sponsored by the Center for Information Technology Education (CITE).

“This is a great opportunity for the University to work with businesses in the local community,” says Julia McGee, director of Extended Education, who was instrumental in establishing the program at Austin Peay. “The businesses get to know what kind of education we provide, we learn from the businesses what they're looking for in employees, and the students benefit from the hands-on experience of looking at a real business problem and coming up with solutions.”

For their first CSS project, Myers' students are serving as consultants to Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort systems and comprehensive facility solutions. Trane representatives Larry Walker, client and operations manager, and Mack Nolen, technical services manager, visited the class Tuesday, Feb. 24, to discuss the company's problem.

The class has divided into five four-person groups to investigate potential solutions to the information technology issue posed by Trane. They will report to Walker and Nolen regularly until April 29, when each group presents its solution.
—Rebecca Mackey