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Using Technology to Give LVC Business Majors a Competitive Career Advantage
06.11.14 |
When Dr. Lewis Chasalow, associate professor of business administration, arrived at LVC last year he wanted to use the skills he learned from his 30+ years of experience working for AT&T, Capital One Financial, and IBM Global Solutions to benefit his students. He realized that one way to give them real-world experience would be by joining the SAP University Alliance, incorporating enterprise software experience into the business curriculum. Doing so would allow LVC to more fully integrate the application of technology into courses across the College and would greatly enhance students’ potential for employment with large companies.

“A membership in the SAP University Alliance, the largest vendor of enterprise software in the world, allows students hands-on access to perform the business functions they are likely to encounter in their careers,” Chasalow says. “Particularly, since SAP is used by more than 70 percent of the Fortune 500 companies.”

Membership in the alliance, which began during the spring 2014 semester and was made possible through a grant from the President’s Innovation Fund, enables LVC students and faculty to gain access to a live instance of SAP software. They will also have access to eLearnings, desktop software, the Idea Place, and co-innovation contests and SAP events where students can showcase their creativity and skills with SAP, customers, and partners.

Through SAP educational resources such as the ERPSIM business simulator, students can use the enterprise software to execute business decisions and see the impact of those actions on business operations. In addition, many of the largest employers in the Central Pennsylvania area use SAP in their operations, including Hershey Foods, Hershey Entertainment, and General Mills. Employers have indicated that they give extra hiring consideration to students who have direct experience with an ERP system as part of their degree.

“Incorporating ERP into our business program will provide LVC graduates with experiences that would be directly transferable into their careers,” Chasalow says. “Few U.S. colleges in our area are alliance members, thereby giving LVC students a distinct competitive advantage in competing for jobs after graduation.”

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