School districts with students who are serious about careers in the growing field of electronic business (eBusiness) have something to look forward to in 2000.

That’s when Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey will begin offering a four-year undergraduate program designed to bring business management strategies together with emerging technologies. Stevens calls its eBusiness degree a groundbreaking, first-of-its-kind program.

The new eBusiness program, which will lead to a bachelor of science degree, will focus on integrating practical applications of science and technology into core business requirements, such as production, marketing, supply-chain management, and customer service.

Under the program’s eBusiness umbrella, students will focus on the integration of technology into business and will have the opportunity to select specialized courses, initially in the areas of eCommerce, financial services, and health care. Stevens officials said they plan to add other specializations as the marketplace expands.

The innovative curriculum will leave students with an understanding of how the new electronically bonded network of customers, suppliers, and creators of services and products affects business operations and tactical decision making.

“Businesses today are starving for employees who are fluent in the language of technology and the language of business,” said Harold J. Raveche, president of Stevens. “Through our newly developed eBusiness BS programs, Stevens has not only crafted a university experience that offers students unparalleled options and greater earning power, but also meets the needs of corporations, for whom we have become an increasingly critical resource.”

Rick Roscitt, president and chief executive officer of AT&T Solutions, announced during a March press conference that his company will provide a $100,000 grant for the development of the new curriculum, which will be designed to prepare a work force with technology and management skills.

Roscitt, himself a Stevens’ graduate, said AT&T would also support the program by hosting a specific number of students through four-year work-study programs, as well as hire a yet-to-be-determined number of the program’s graduates.

“It’s very exciting to see a school with Stevens’ technical track record and resources directly respond to the tremendous changes in the business community,” said Roscitt, who also serves as a member of Stevens’ Board of Trustees and is a prospective teacher.

“These Stevens eBusiness graduates will be highly sought-after because they will not require the traditional time and training (it takes) to become effective employees,” Roscitt said. “Additionally, students who understand real-world business and technology issues and applications are at a premium right now.”

The eBusiness degree will focus on areas such as virtual networking, networked applications, web-enabled financial and consumer services, and technology management, officials said. Courses begin in the fall of 2000.

Established in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology offers baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in engineering, science, computer science, management, and technology as well as a baccalaureate in the humanities and liberal arts.

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