[CINCINNATI] Xavier University’s Williams College of Business and Socius, Microsoft’s 2008 Partner of the Year for Microsoft Dynamics GP, have teamed up through the Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance program to provide accountancy students with hands-on experiential learning through the use of Microsoft Dynamics software.
The Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance program provides Xavier, and hundreds of others worldwide, access to Microsoft Dynamics software, training, and networking opportunities to share with other professors and businesses using Microsoft Dynamics in the classroom and in their workplaces. It connects universities, like Xavier, that are using Microsoft Dynamics as a teaching tool with Microsoft Partners, like Socius, that implement and support Microsoft Dynamics software solutions in the business environment.
The partnership between Socius and Xavier has been strengthened substantially by the involvement of Socius’ Director of Consulting Services, Hersch Patel, who serves on Xavier’s Accountancy Advisory Board. As Chair of the Board’s Technology Sub-Committee, Patel finds ways to introduce relevant technology into the accountancy curriculum and promote the importance of IT education to business students.
Socius has taken a very active role with Xavier business students. Patel has been a guest presenter in the classroom, providing students with true life examples of how client companies are leveraging accounting technology and other IT resources to enhance their businesses. The relationship between Xavier and Socius has resulted in job opportunities for students. Socius has hired two Xavier MBA students in the past year. Additionally, Patel mentored an undergraduate who is now interning with a Socius client, LPK, Inc.
“By touching students early in their college education, we can help them recognize the importance of technology in supporting business growth,” said Patel. “As a professional services organization, Socius’ future lies with business people. If those people come out of college and enter the business community equipped with a knowledge of and appreciation for accounting and business technology, then our future is even brighter.”
“Both Socius and Xavier University are leaders in their respective fields and, through their collaboration, Xavier students go beyond theory to unique hands-on learning. The Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance provides tools that can enhance the curriculum, and when the Microsoft Dynamics partners get involved and share real-world experiences and opportunities with the students, it can really help prepare them to enter the business world,” states Janelle Daugherty, Program Manager for the Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance.