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Saint Ursula Academy Partners with University of Cincinnati’s School of Information Technology

Saint Ursula Academy Partners with University of Cincinnati’s School of Information Technology

Partnership creates additional student opportunities for gaining real-world experience 

Cincinnati, Ohio, August 4, 2017 – UC’s School of Information Technology (SoIT), part of the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH), signed a partnership agreement with Saint Ursula Academy on August 4, 2014.

In a ceremonial signing at St. Ursula Academy in Cincinnati, Craig Maliborski, principal of Saint Ursula Academy, and Lawrence J. Johnson, dean of CECH, committed to collaborate on the ways in which students will apply their knowledge and coursework to real-world projects.

“This partnership aligns with CECH’s mission to collaborate and advance academic, research, and community pursuits,” said Johnson. “Our partnership will also help maximize the ways in which students from both institutions can learn from each other and make a positive impact.”

Through this partnership, students at both institutions will have the opportunity to apply knowledge gained in their respective classrooms to real issues. Students will also have the chance to learn from professionals in large area businesses and corporations who partner with UC on IT development.

For UC undergraduate students currently enrolled in the School of Information Technology, they will work with their professors to teach “Academy Classes” to Saint Ursula’s students. The classes will take place for one week after school at Saint Ursula each term. The final session will be held on the UC campus.

An all-girls school, Saint Ursula’s partnership with UC’s SoIT will help expose more young women to the field of information technology, traditionally a male-dominated interest area.

SoIT faculty members will also develop and deliver curriculum that offers Saint Ursula’s students opportunities to explore “hands-on-topics” and apply what they are learning in the classroom. The students will have an opportunity to increase their knowledge and awareness in this rapidly changing industry beyond the framework of using their Tablet PC’s for class. This will also give them a first contact with University personnel and time on campus as they learn how to best incorporate technology into future curriculum and beyond.

“This is an excellent example of higher education and secondary education working together to find ways to encourage students to look into the field of information technology,” said Craig Maliborski of Saint Ursula Academy. “This partnership will help advance the Saint Ursula Academy academic strategic plan by developing unique and exciting ways to deliver technology as part of our curriculum.”

This partnership and others exemplify part of the SoIT’s IT2019 strategic plan, noting that strong partnerships with community and industry leaders helps strengthen and increase students’ opportunities for well-rounded, real-world work experience.

To learn more about Saint Ursula Academy, please visit www.saintursula.org.

Saint Ursula Academy is a Catholic, college-preparatory, secondary school for young women known for academic excellence and rich tradition. St. Ursula welcomes students from more than 70 grade schools in the Greater Cincinnati area. In 2002 the Academy was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School. The campus, located at 1339 E. McMillan Street in East Walnut Hills has been the home of St. Ursula Academy and Convent since 1910. 80% of the class of 2014 earned college scholarships totaling nearly $20-million.