BLACKSBURG, Va., Dec. 13, 2011 – The Pamplin College of Business has formed alliances with Computer Sciences Corporation and Lee Technologies to provide a tuition discount for the firms’ employees enrolling in the college’s executive MBA program.
“In exchange, the college will be accorded ‘preferred provider’ status for executive MBA programs by the companies, which provide financial support for employees seeking advanced business degrees,” said Charles Jacobina, executive MBA executive director.
Computer Sciences Corporation, headquartered in Falls Church, provides a range of information technology services to its clients around the world. It has about 93,000 employees and reported annual revenue of $16.2 billion. Lee Technologies, headquartered in Fairfax, provides large-scale data center solutions and professional services to government and industry customers. It has more than 300 employees and sales of about $140 million.
The executive MBA program, based at Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Center – National Capital Region in metro Washington, D.C., also has tuition discounts for employees at Booz Allen Hamilton, L3 Communications, and SAIC.
The program currently enrolls 55 students in cohorts or classes of about two dozen students each. Students are recruited for cohorts that begin each September and February. Classes are held every other weekend over an 18-month period.
The 24 executives in the newest, 15th cohort, include employees of Arlington County Public Schools, FedEx, IBM, and Booz Allen Hamilton.
“The program is designed for busy, experienced professionals with or without business degrees,” said Jacobina. Its broad curriculum, he said, seeks to provide an understanding of the major elements of business, examines the ethical and global implications of management, and prepares managers for making decisions in a rapidly changing world. “Our program is designed to enhance the executive skills and personal confidence required for career advancement and to promote networking opportunities.”
Virginia Tech’s nationally ranked Pamplin College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. Pamplin emphasizes technology and analysis that improve business, entrepreneurship that leads to innovation and innovative companies, international opportunities for learning and research, and an inclusive, collaborative community. It is named in honor of two alumni: the late Robert B. Pamplin, retired chairman of Georgia-Pacific, and businessman, author, and philanthropist Robert B. Pamplin Jr.