October 17 – Millikin University has received a $30,000 grant from State Farm for its Information Systems Department within the Tabor School of Business.
The grant will support program expansion, recruitment efforts and equipment upgrades.
“State Farm has a long standing relationship with Millikin, employing many alums within multiple State Farm locations,” said John Cardamone, technology manager at State Farm. “Both organizations recognize the importance of developing students in STEM curriculums and providing real-world experiences through internships, mentoring, and giving back to their communities.”
The funding will be used for a number of IS initiatives, including technology for virtual reality-based projects as well as equipment to support Millikin’s new cyber security major set to launch in fall 2019. The equipment will not only serve those in the new major but some tools can also be used in foundational classes, serving approximately 150 students per year.
RJ Podeschi, associate professor of information systems, said the grant will allow the department to invest in student-centered initiatives.
“These funds will be used to purchase technology for hands-on labs related to virtual reality and data analytics, and will increase the necessary skills required of business majors, data science majors, arts technology majors, in addition to acquiring the technology necessary to build out the cyber security major,” said Podeschi.
State Farm’s commitment will also provide financial assistance for Millikin students to compete in regional and national technical competitions.
“Millikin also plans to host tech summits for prospective and current students to learn skills in hands-on workshops and connect with successful alumni, and host a summer coding camp for high school students,” said Podeschi.