Central College is introducing a new curriculum that focuses on decision science to better prepare students for the changing landscape of business. The initiative is supported by Precision Pulley & Idler (PPI), a manufacturing company based in Pella, Iowa, which has awarded a $50,000 planning grant to Central College for this purpose.

The decision science curriculum will include elements of artificial intelligence, analytics and digital transformation. It will be designed to connect different departments within the college such as mathematics, computing and business. Mary Stray, vice president for academic affairs at Central College, noted that some aspects of decision science are already present in current teaching methods, and the grant will help formalize them into the new program and potentially introduce new courses.

Central College President Mark Putnam expressed gratitude for PPI’s support and emphasized the importance of partnering with industry leaders to shape the future of education at Central College. The grant from PPI will enable faculty and industry experts to develop curriculum that addresses changes in the workforce, new technologies and evolving business practices.

Leslie Johnston, Vice President of Human Resources at PPI, expressed the company’s pride in supporting Central College as it advances its programs to benefit students and businesses both now and in the future. The collaboration between Central College and PPI aims to create a curriculum that is in line with the needs of the current and future labor market, ensuring that students are equipped with the skills needed to succeed in the business world.

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