Glassboro Economic Development Office Tapping Into Rowan?s Technical Resources

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Rowan University?s software engineering classes presented by Dr. Adrian Rusu have partnered with Glassboro?s Economic Development office to conduct a real-world project to help the students gain hands

Rowan University?s software engineering classes presented by Dr. Adrian Rusu have partnered with Glassboro?s Economic Development office to conduct a real-world project to help the students gain hands-on experience in dealing in the ?real world? while helping the GED more effectively service its clients.

One of the main services provided by the GED office is financial data assistance. Sam Leone, the director of business development explains, ?Business owners and individuals alike come to our office to find out what properties are available in the borough and need to know the financial impact if they are truly interested in purchasing a particular property. There are many different factors that come into play during a business?s decision-making process.

According to Leone, it can take several days for him to produce the information required by GED clients in order for them to make a sound decision when purchasing a property. ?Most of the time when I am working with business owners, they need to be able to make decisions quickly, and the faster I can produce the information they need, the better the chance their decision will be the best for them as well as for Glassboro.?

For this reason, when Leone was approached by Dr. Jay Harper, the dean of Rowan?s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the idea of working with the software engineering classes to produce a software program to collect, track and disseminate the GED data seemed to be a great opportunity for everyone.

Dean Harper explains, ?I agree with Adrian that our students need to have more real-world experience before they graduate, because that is what the business world demands. We are so pleased when we find an opportunity like this right in our backyard where our students and our community can benefit.?

Rusu met with Leone during the Fall 2003 semester to assess the GED?s needs and formulate a project to present to his students in the Spring 2004 semester. According to Rusu, ?I want my students to be prepared for this very competitive job market. So, I have them interacting with customers, meeting deadlines and working in the real world.?

Rusu divided his class into teams that will compete against each other to create a winning software program that will effectively allow the GED to create financial documents for its clients.

He adds, ?The winning team members will receive an award plaque and letter from Glassboro for their accomplishments that can be used in their resume package. In addition, members of the winning team may have the opportunity to work as interns at the Glassboro Economic Development office and have the opportunity to market the product to other economic development offices throughout the region.?

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