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Engineering school gets $1 million grant to launch info technology program

Tuesday, August 24, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:10 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

MU engineering students interested in computer science will soon have a third option for a degree program. SBC Communications announced this afternoon it will give $1 million to the MU College of Engineering over the next five years to pay for a new information technology studies program.

The degree program, now in the approval process, will target students interested in digital media and system administration, maintenance and security.

Administrators in the school expect that as many as 100 students will enroll in the program this year pending approval.

“Right now there’s a void on campus for this type of comprehensive program,” Jim Thompson, dean of the Engineering College, said in a statement from MU News Bureau.

The program will allow students to take a range of courses in topics such as computer modeling or animation -- things Thompson said are important in the business world. “We want to be responsive to the needs of industry and generate talented graduates in the state, working for Missouri companies,” he said.

“When companies and universities work together, great things can happen. As a long-time Mizzou supporter, I am excited about SBC’s commitment to moving Missouri into the 21st century – especially in the availability of technology for our growing work force,” said 9th District U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof, R-Columbia, in the press release. “This significant grant will help the university draw Missouri students here for an education, helping to them keep here in this state when they graduate instead of sending our best and brightest to the east and west coasts.”

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