Center for Global Business & Technology opens

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Center for Global Business & Technology opens

Sun, 08/29/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Center for Global Business & Technology
at Champlain College opens its doors
BURLINGTON, Vt.-Champlain College opened a $10 million academic facility
on August 30. The Center for Global Business & Technology will enhance the
College's ability to put students to work on real business challenges for
Vermont companies and non-profits, which will fuel Vermont's business
community. Students will interact with these clients and Champlain faculty
members in new high-tech classrooms and multimedia suites, a market
research and strategy room, focus group room, international business
resource center and conference rooms.
"This building speaks to Champlain's philosophy of action-based
education," said President Roger H. Perry. "The Center includes as much
integration with the business community as we could build into it. It's a
facility that benefits students as well as Vermont's public and private
sectors."
In the new center, student teams will earn hands-on experience as they
complete business and technology projects for clients. Organizations that
wish to connect with these resources are invited to visit
www.champlain.edu/corporate for contact information.
In the market research and strategy room-a nerve center of
entrepreneurial activity-students from interrelated majors will come
together in teams to recommend new strategies for businesses, including
how to use technology for competitive advantage. In addition, the
international business resource center on the top floor provides the best
international trade information the state has to offer.
Approximately $1.5 million of the new facility was an investment in
industry-driven technology that you would more likely see in a corporate
headquarters than a classroom. In the new Mac G5 computer classrooms on
the ground floor, clusters of five student workstations are networked to
their own wall-mounted, 40-inch flatscreen monitor so each team can
display their work on the wall for feedback. Additional multimedia suites
and "supersuites" across the hall put top-of-the-line visual and audio
equipment at the fingertips of Champlain students.
Classrooms were designed so teams of students can easily break off and
work on projects together while they employ computers and "electronic
whiteboards" to save their work. Video conferencing and speaker phones are
available to meet with distant experts, clients or overseas students, and
wireless laptops can be used in every nook and cranny of the building.