Central College Receives $50,000 Planning Grant from Pella-based Manufacturer Precision Pulley & Idler to Develop Decision Science Curriculum

Central College awarded $50,000 grant for research on ‘decision science’ curriculum • Iowa Capital Dispatch

Central College has received a planning grant of $50,000 from Precision Pulley & Idler (PPI), a Pella-based manufacturing company, to develop a “decision science” curriculum. The grant will support research and curriculum development focusing on artificial intelligence, analytics, and digital transformation.

This new curriculum will connect various departments within the college, including math, computer science, and business. Mary Strey, vice president for academic affairs at Central College, mentioned that decision science elements are already present in some teaching practices. The grant will enable faculty to formalize these elements into a new program and possibly introduce new courses.

Central College President Mark Putnam expressed gratitude for the partnership with PPI and emphasized the need to respond to evolving workforce demands through initiatives like the decision science curriculum. Leslie Johnston, PPI’s vice president of human resources, highlighted the company’s pride in supporting Central College and its efforts to provide impactful education to students that align with current and future business needs.

The partnership between Central College and PPI is expected to address changes in workplaces, the introduction of new technologies, and shifts in business and consumer behaviors. This initiative will help equip students with the skills they need to succeed in today’s rapidly changing job market.

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