Jan. 9, 2018
An international video production crew visited Saint Vincent College recently filming interviews with students, faculty and administrators involved in the College’s 10-year partnership with software giant SAP. Saint Vincent College has trained a total of 122 students over the last decade, of which 54 have completed internships at locations all over the United States and 41 have been launched into high-paying, full-time careers in the SAP ecosystem.
This academic year, Saint Vincent is training 20 juniors and graduate students who will intern and eventually work for more than a dozen partners and customers throughout the country.
Saint Vincent College’s Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government and SAP, the world’s third largest software maker, formed one of the first SAP Business One University Alliance Partnerships in 2007.
The SAP University Alliance program is a global endeavor that provides college and university faculty members with tools and resources necessary to teach students how technology can enable integrated business processes and strategic thinking and give students the skills to add immediate value to the marketplace. SAP University Alliance member schools gain access to the SAP family of solutions. This comprehensive business software suite supports business, engineering and information technology programs, enabling students to put classroom theory into practice through demonstrations, exercises and problem-solving, case studies and research programs.
The SAP Business One program at Saint Vincent is directed by Robert A. Markley Jr., Carpenter Technology – Latrobe Specialty Metals Sponsored Lecturer in Business Administration. Markley, who owned several Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) firms prior to joining Saint Vincent College, was asked by Dr. Gary Quinlivan, dean of the McKenna School, to find an ERP system Saint Vincent students could use in the classroom to get real-world, hands-on experience. “SAP was in the process of rolling-out Business One to the SAP University Alliance program,” Markley explained. “We were selected as one of two schools in the U.S. to pilot Business One in our curriculum.”
“I immediately found Business One to be a robust, intuitive ERP that our students could quickly learn to navigate and start to understand integration, databases and, most importantly, business processes,” he recalled.
In 2008, Business One’s North American support team asked if Saint Vincent College would be open to getting some graduating seniors trained and certified with Business One and SAP would assist them in landing jobs with Business One Value Added Resellers (VARs). Fairly new to North America, there was a lack of certified SAP Business One talent. “In our first year we got seven seniors trained, certified and placed,” Markley noted. “Since its humble beginnings, the program has morphed a few times. In 2010 we started recruiting junior business and computer science students into the program so we could incorporate an internship component between their junior and senior year to give them more hands-on experience with Business One. In 2011, we started attending the annual SAP Business One conference, with assistance from SAP and America’s SAP User Group (ASUG). At the conference, our students have the opportunity to network with customers and partners, introduce speakers and get their first real exposure to the ecosystem.”
This academic year Saint Vincent College is training 20 juniors and graduate students who will intern and eventually work for more than a dozen partners and customers all over the United States.
“Dr. Quinlivan uses the program to recruit stronger incoming freshmen,” Markley reported. “Thirty percent of StellarOne’s staff, an SAP VAR in Los Angeles, are graduates of the program. Twenty percent of MWA Intelligence’s staff are graduates of our program.”
“This program has been a win-win for our students, the SAP Business One community and Saint Vincent College,” Markley concluded. “SAP is anxious to tell our impressive success story to other colleges and universities.”
The SAP video was produced and filmed by Javier Gomez and Eva Moreno of Vision Global Communication of Madrid, Spain.
Students who appear in the production include Paige Casario, a senior international business major from Jeannette who interned with StellarOne Consulting in Los Angeles and has accepted a full-time position there; Zach Good, a senior management major from Pittsburgh (15236) who interned with Navigator Business Solutions in Salt Lake City and has an offer of a full-time job from them as well as one from MWA; Kevin Kuhn, a finance and accounting major from North Huntingdon who interned with i-Business Network in Marietta, Georgia; and Joan Smith, a senior management major from Summer Hill who interned with MWA Intelligence in Scottsdale, Arizona, and has accepted a full-time job there. Markley and Courtney Baum, director of the career center, also appear in the video.
The video is available for public viewing at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwYUc8NNANU.
Photo: Javier Gomez of Vision Global Communication of Madrid, Spain, films Saint Vincent College senior Paige Casario, an international business major who has accepted a full-time position with StellarOne Consulting in Los Angeles.
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