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Sept. 29, 2006
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EMU to participate in seminar about information technology job market, Oct. 6 at Eagle Crest

YPSILANTI — College students may have heard that few jobs exist in information technology (IT) in the United States, but a seminar hosted at Oakland University and broadcast to Eastern Michigan, Lawrence Technological University and University of Michigan Dearborn will demonstrate just how wrong this myth is.

The Future Potential in IT seminar – co-hosted by Microsoft, the Society for Information Management (SIM), local metro Detroit universities and the Information Institute – will link senior IT executives with current students to discuss the benefits of adding a technology focus to their career aspirations and encourage them to pursue a career in an IT-related field. To find out more, go online to www.futurepotentialit.com. The Future Potential in IT seminar series is a national program designed to encourage undecided college freshman and sophomores – including women and students from diverse backgrounds – to consider a major in IT.

The Eagle Crest Conference Center will serve as the site for EMU. The broadcast will be in auditorium one. Registration will be available on site.

The Future Potential in IT seminar will take place Friday, Oct. 6, at Oakland University in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. with remarks from John Crary, Lear’s Corporation chief information officer and vice president of IT, and concludes at 12:30 p.m.  The program, broadcast via satellite to Eastern Michigan, Lawrence Technological University and University of Michigan Dearborn, will allow students the opportunity to learn about IT careers from local business leaders, including officials from Microsoft and the Information Institute, and participate in a question-and-answer session.  Microsoft prizes – including an Xbox 360 – will be raffled at the event’s end at all four locations.

“IT is crucial to helping businesses innovate and, with a shortage of qualified IT professionals, it’s important that today’s college students are aware of the tremendous opportunities available for them in this field,” said Marietta Davis, general manager of Microsoft’s Heartland District.  “Through the Future Potential in IT seminar, we hope to show students that IT offers solid careers – right here in Detroit, and around the country – that will help change the face of business. Microsoft is proud to join SIM, the Information Institute and the four area universities to showcase what IT has to offer students now and in the future.”

 “We are thrilled to offer local students an additional insight into IT and its impact in the business world,” said Richard Bush, Ph.D., academic liaison of the Detroit Chapter of the Society for Information Management.  “Our universities are excited to showcase IT as a new and innovative field, encouraging our students – especially those who are still deciding on their futures – to look at all the opportunities available within IT.  Through classes and seminars such as the Future Potential in IT program, we are looking to motivate and inspire students to focus on their futures and take a special interest in information technology.”

The Information Institute is a nonprofit academe-industry consortium founded to further understanding of intricate relationships between information science and technology.  The Information Institute's mission is to encourage association among individuals who have an interest in the study of information. For more information, please visit www.information-institute.org.

Established in 1968, the Society for Information Management (SIM) is the premiere network for IT leaders comprised of nearly 3,000 members including CIOs, senior IT executives, prominent academicians, consultants and other IT leaders. Through its 30 chapters, SIM provides resources and programs inspired by IT leaders for IT leaders that enable CIOs to further develop their own leadership capabilities and those of key and emerging leaders in their organizations. SIM provides the collective voice to advocate policy and legislation on behalf of the IT profession across industries. For more information, please visit www.simnet.org.



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