Precision Pulley & Idler Supports Central College’s Development of a Decision Science Curriculum to Address Changing Workforce Needs

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

Central College has received a planning grant from Precision Pulley & Idler (PPI), a Pella-based manufacturing company, for the development of a “decision science” curriculum. The grant of $50,000 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.

Leslie Johnston, PPI’s vice president of human resources, expressed pride in supporting Central College and its efforts to provide impactful education to students that align with current and future business needs. She stated that the partnership between PPI and Central College is expected to address changes in workplaces, the introduction of new technologies, and shifts in business and consumer behaviors.

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.

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