New England College Creates Partnership with Pegasystems in Response to Workforce Needs
Only College in Northeast Offering “Pega” Certification Program.
Colleges all across the country are operating in what many experts believe is the most competitive marketplace in the history of higher education. Parents and students want to be assured that the investments they are making in a college degree will actually result in a job and in building a long term career.
New England College, in Henniker, NH, is working hard to position their graduates with the requisite skills and credentials needed to secure employment following graduation and a key component of this focus is to ensure students’ have the educational experiences needed and that their experiences are in sync with employers’ and industry expectations.
With the recent attention by employers and educators on STEM fields (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) New England College has entered into a unique partnership with a leading software company, Pegasystems, in Cambridge, MA. Pegasystems Inc. is the leader in software for customer engagement and operational excellence. Pega’s adaptive, cloud-architected software – built on its unified Pega® Platform – empowers people to rapidly deploy, and easily extend and change applications to meet strategic business needs. Over its 30-year history, Pega has delivered award-winning capabilities in CRM and BPM, powered by advanced artificial intelligence and robotic automation, to help the world’s leading brands achieve breakthrough business results.
New England College is the only higher education institution in the Northeast that has a partnership with Pegasystems and the program has taken off. The partnership involves the Master of Science in Computer Information Services program which enrolls over 400 students from India. Pegasystems also has a presence in Hyderabad, India, where many of New England College’s international students are from. “The Pega program is up and running at New England College. We offered students our first Pega classes this term and they filled up almost immediately. We are also offering a new concentration in Pegasystems which has drawn great interest from our student population,” said Rick Mitchell, Program Director. Two New England College professors have undergone extensive training and certification at Pegasystems in preparation for these new course offerings.
“This new program demonstrates how higher education institutions and businesses can work in concert to meet the needs of both students and employers,” said New England College President Michele Perkins. “We recognized a need that we could meet, we knew students would be interested in the program, and with a lot of hard work and commitment by both the college and Pegasystems we developed a unique program that benefits everyone – students, employers, and the College.”
On November 30th, David Donelan, a Vice President from Pegasystems, will deliver a guest lecture to students at New England College and share information about career opportunities available today and into the future.
“We are a small, liberal arts college in rural New Hampshire,” added President Perkins, “but in today’s world we can engage on the global stage in educating the workforce for tomorrow. It’s a very exciting time to be in this space.”