Institute for Information Management Now Based at the New Warner
By Sheron Smith
This multimedia auditorium in the
Academic Services Building of the new Warner Robins Campus
will be the site of some of the Institute for Information
Management's workforce development programs.
by Danny Gilleland
State College’s new Warner Robins Campus is now the headquarters
of the Institute for Information Management, MSC’s technology
outreach arm designed to help business, industry and Robins Air
Force Base meet their professional workforce needs.
“The new campus is a perfect location for the Institute,”
said Mike Hale, who heads up the Institute as executive director
of the new campus. “The concentration of technology related
industries in Houston County will give us many opportunities to
create partnerships that will help the region’s economic vitality.”
Created in 1998, the Institute reflects part of Macon State’s
core mission: using the College’s strength in information
technology and other disciplines to provide professional education
and serve as an economic development resource for Central Georgia.
The Institute coordinates specialized instruction for the region
with a focus on the courses, software and IT certification opportunities
that will help business and industry maintain a competitive edge
in the information economy.
Among other functions, the Institute is the conduit through which
Macon State has provided Intellectual Capital Partnership Programs
to private businesses and to Robins Air Force Base. The most recent
ICAPP project took place on Base, where 15 engineers who already
have their bachelor’s degrees received accelerated software
development education to enhance their expertise. The Base has faced
a shortage of software specialists who are crucial to attracting
new workload and remaining competitive with other air logistics
facilities in the nation. ICAPP is a University System of Georgia
economic development tool.
Hale said the Institute will continue to develop ICAPP partnerships
with the Base and the private sector. But the Institute is also
launching new initiatives.
Among them are seminars and workshops that are free and open to
the public. Recent sessions, which took place at the Warner Robins
Chamber of Commerce, covered such topics as “Top 10 Reasons
Why Businesses Should Have a Website,” and “Current
Developments in Computer Security.”
The Institute has also introduced a series of fee-based courses,
each three days in length, to address specific business needs of
Central Georgia companies and other entities. Recent courses at
the Base included “Benchmarking” and “Lean,”
both efficiency programs.
Hale said that apart from offering courses, the Institute is now
talking to individual company prospects in Houston and Bibb counties
about developing programs to meet their workforce needs.
“The Institute’s new location in Houston County will
give us an opportunity to size up the market to discover new opportunities
throughout the region,” Hale said.
For more information about the Institute for Information
Management call 757-4396.