Columbia's New IBM Workforce

9 years 3 months 2 days ago Wednesday, May 19 2010 May 19, 2010 Wednesday, May 19, 2010 12:12:44 PM CDT May 19, 2010 in News
No one will release any specifics yet, but according to Columbia's Regional Economic Development Inc., or REDI, the area's universities were a major factor in bringing IBM to the city. 

"Demonstrations from the University of Missouri, Columbia College, Moberly Area Community College, and Linn State, their commitment to help this company meet their employee demands from their graduates of their colleges' and universities' in addition to their willingness to help with customized training was a major part of the reason that the company saw this as a positive place to do business," said Mike Brooks of REDI. 

One of IBM's other recent Global Development Centers set up in Lansing, MI currently collaborates closely to it's area university. Michigan State University has an IBM Center on its campus where students are able to work and train first hand with IBM. The University says it has been a positive process thus far.

"Michigan State students getting ready to graduate are finding jobs in the IBM Center, as the placement office works closely with the IBM center right on campus, so it's a win-win for MSU and IBM," said Kurt Weiss of MSU University Relations. 

The current university/IBM success in Lansing was a major factor in IBM coming to Columbia. But REDI stresses it was not the only reason. 

"In doing the research there are a number of people that are in the system right now, in the Missouri Career Center system, that are looking for employment opportunities in these career fields so that is one of the reasons we feel optimistic that we will be able to meet their hiring demands," said Brooks.

IBM has released five specific areas of interest it is looking to hire. That includes: server interest, systems operations, database management, storage management, and project management. No specific job titles have been released, but REDI says that is how IBM will hire. The company will accept job title-specific resumes.

IBM and the University of Missouri have not yet released how both will collaborate and train but Brooks sees this as a major part of what takes place in the area's secondary education institutions' IT and engineering programs. 

"I can tell you, or I believe anyways, that our community colleges will aggressively be trying to increase the ability to do training and program development for individuals that would be likely candidates for these jobs. I think you are going to see an increase in the number of individuals that are interested in getting degrees in these types of areas," said Brooks.

REDI says this will be a long term process for the community and though the hiring rush is what is at the forefront now, IBM will be a business that will be around for years to come that will regularly need to hire to fill its needs just as any other business.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Governor Mike Parson issued a proclamation Wednesday ordering the state legislature to convene in a special session. ... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:44:00 PM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
FULTON, Mo. - Fulton Police Department said it arrested a man attempting to flee a scene involving firearms. Authorities... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 8:05:00 AM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
School is starting back up again, but reading might not be the first thing on a child’s mind. A workshop... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:50:00 AM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The man who allegedly killed a woman who has been missing since 2006 arrived in Boone County Tuesday... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 9:28:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
CAMDENTON - One person has minor burns after a fire Tuesday evening at an auto shop in Camdenton. According... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 9:07:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Businesses who are applying for their medical marijuana licenses in Columbia are one step closer after Monday night's... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 6:40:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
MID-MISSOURI - Finding the perfect parking spot can be a hassle, but it can be even more difficult if you... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 6:30:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Construction crews are continuing to work on both Jefferson City public high schools in preparation for classes... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 5:45:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
VIENNA - Multiple suspects are currently being questioned after officials said someone intentionally started the house fire leading to an... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 3:59:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The FEMA recovery center for Cole County closed its doors Tuesday. The center helped hundreds of... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 3:51:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — State officials say an improving economy is one of several factors that led to close to... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 3:39:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - An increased focus on climate change from legislature and activists has prompted utilities providers to implement renewable energies... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 2:09:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- A group of Missouri protesters are taking a stand against self-driving trucks in the state. Over 29... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 1:47:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A Cole County judge issued a restraining order Monday against Senate Bill 391, regarding regulation of concentrated... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 1:25:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS — Major League Soccer has awarded the next expansion franchise to St. Louis, where a new downtown stadium... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 12:33:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY — A former teacher at a Catholic school in Kansas City alleges in a lawsuit that she was... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 10:15:00 AM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Cole County FEMA Disaster Relief Center in Jefferson City is wrapping up operations on Tuesday, but... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 3:04:00 AM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Department of Health and Senior Services received over 2,100 medical marijuana facility applications by the deadline.... More >>
1 day ago Monday, August 19 2019 Aug 19, 2019 Monday, August 19, 2019 7:37:00 PM CDT August 19, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 88°
3pm 86°
4pm 84°
5pm 84°
6pm 82°