Technology Training Helps Students and Professionals Stay Ahead of Trends

May 21, 2:41 pm
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In the constantly-evolving fields of technology and information management, if you can’t pinpoint emerging trends and adjust your business plans accordingly, your professional relevance and effectiveness may be short-lived.

Perhaps more than many academic departments, the leadership of the Department of Management, Entrepreneurship and Technology within the UNLV Lee Business School recognizes it must train students to rapidly adapt to new technologies and industry dynamics. By extension, the department also understands that the relevance of the modern university does not stop with graduation. The department sees it is uniquely positioned to train not only future leaders in the field, but also current professionals whose knowledge base must constantly evolve in order to maintain effectiveness.

A new partnership between the Department of Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology, Community2Campus, and Continuing Education is opening up new opportunities for ongoing education for technology professionals. This summer, for the first time, registration for two graduate-level technology seminars will also be open to professionals who may enroll through Continuing Education.    

Andrew Urbaczewsk, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Management Studies at the University of Michigan, Dearborn College of Business, will lead a hands-on course on iPhone Application Development on June 7-8 and 14-15. Rather than just talking about 'what makes a good idea,' Urbaczewsk will teach students how to develop their own mobile applications, first through structured instruction and then through free-form (though assisted) creation of individual ideas.

On July 26-27, Cheon (Frank) Lee, Ph.D., assistant professor of Information Systems Management at Fairmont State University, will lead a workshop on Data Security and Enterprise Computing. The course will explore the latest data security issues in large-scale enterprise computing in the context of mainframe and cloud computing environments. Participants will explore proactive steps they can take to reduce security risks and protect their resources. 

No doubt opening these courses up to industry professionals fills a training void within Las Vegas, but are there also advantages to UNLV’s graduate students? Integrating working professionals into graduate courses introduces real-world issues into the dialogue and offers graduate students a chance to see how theories play out amidst the multitude of uncontrollable factors involved in an actual business setting. Students also benefit from new professional connections and gain a better sense of how their skills can be used post-graduation.

For more information about the above classes call 702-895-1803 or email paelis1@unlv.nevada.edu. Support for the above courses comes in part from IBM.