Monterey Bay: Real World Application for IT Students
Led by Dr. Bude Su, a team of alumni and students in the School of Information Technology and Communication Design (ITCD) at CSU Monterey Bay exemplified the role their discipline has in society beyond social media applications. Natividad Medical Center in Salinas was transitioning from paper-based to electronic patient charting and needed to train 700 nurses and physician assistants in the new system known as MEDITECH. Under their standard training methods, it would have taken several months and more than $1 million to provide the 24 hours of training required for each employee.
In order to tackle what could have been a costly investment of time and resources, Dr. Su and her team designed a high-quality online training system equipped with built-in assessment. This program provides employees with anywhere, anytime access and consolidates a would-be three day training schedule to a half day. The team was also available to assist in training and implementation until MEDITECH went live. The online training modules they developed resulted in a significant reduction to Natividad's financial expenditure, and afforded ITCD students with invaluable experience in real world, hands-on application.
ITCD senior, David Huey, says that he came to CSU Monterey Bay from Los Angeles because "computer science isn't taught so narrowly here. They aren't training us for a job; they're training us for a career." In response to the increased demand for computer scientists with a gaming background, the ITCD department has added a concentration in computer game development. Students "design games that have some tangible benefit to the player, rather than to kill someone," says Dr. Eric Tao, Director of the School of Information Technology and Communication Design.
As more and more students pursue computer science-related fields, Monterey Bay Regional Academy of Computing Education (MBRACE), housed at CSU Monterey Bay, is there to provide them with opportunities to gain real world experience in their field. MBRACE connects students to local and national internships, including a paid 8-12 week summer internship program for computer science and information technology students. It has partnered with leading industry companies, school districts, governmental and non-profit organizations to provide students with an array of work environments to choose from, thus broadening students' understanding of how they can apply their knowledge and skills in a variety of settings.
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Led by Dr. Bude Su, a team of alumni and students in the School of Information Technology and Communication Design (ITCD) at CSU Monterey Bay assisted Natividad Medical Center in cutting time and costs through real-world application of their studies. The Medical Center's training module, in need of restructure, would have taken several months and cost more than $1 million to train 700 nurses and physician assistants in a new electronic patient charting system.
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