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hardware and software once they
are working in the industry.
The core mandate of educators
is to educate, but above all, they
want to provide students with
employable skills. This goal puts
the focus on collaborating with
the industry to discover what
capabilities are in demand and
helping students acquire them-
but that's easier said than done.
"What happens in the corporate
world is that you are assigned
deliverables this morning that
are due yesterday," Thalassinidis
says. "I understand that, but
there's a skills gap in many
companies and that gap keeps
growing. If IT departments don't
take time to work with our school
A Matchmaking Service
IBM clients with limited time may be
wondering where to start. Fortunately, at its
core, the IBM Power Systems* Academic
Initiative (PSAI) is a matchmaking service.
"If, after reading this article, an IBM client
is interested in finding member schools in
their area, we are happy to facilitate those
relationships," says Janet Caruccio, project
manager for the PSAI. "We can reach out
to see what the school is teaching and the
client can work with them to help develop
curriculum for the skills they need."
Clients can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
com with questions.
and others like it, they will end up paying the price."
The organizations ready to be part of the solutions
are the ones who will have the opportunity to hire
the best and brightest. "Don't just call us and say that
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you need five people yesterday,"
says Thalassinidis. "Help us
develop people with the skills
you need. Let's sit down together
and collaborate, and perhaps in
a year from now you will have a
steady pipeline of job candidates
to choose from."
That flexibility goes beyond
member schools to the PSAI
itself. "If there are other skills
that clients need, we want to
hear about it so we can enhance
our program to satisfy the need,"
says Janet Caruccio, project
manager for the PSAI. "At its
core, this program serves our
Kristin Lewotsky is a freelance
technology writer based in Amherst,