The Strome College of Business at Old Dominion University, through a collaboration with ADP®, a leading global technology company providing human capital management (HCM) solutions, will cut the ribbon on the new ADP HCM Academy at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. The ceremony will take place at the Strome College of Business (1023 Constant Hall) at ODU.
ADP has committed $500,000 to the academy, in both software and funding for the renovation and operation. Housed in a new computer lab, the academy will feature ADP HCM software, the most common platform used in human capital management.
"From the beginning, ADP has been a reliable partner, whether it has been to hire Monarchs, participate in the Strome Sales Slam or provide speakers," Old Dominion University President John R. Broderick said. "This is a natural extension of our strong relationship."
In addition to access to ADP Workforce Now®, ADP is creating internship pipelines and networking opportunities for Academy students to make the classroom a more immersive, hands-on learning environment.
"ADP is excited to partner with the Strome College of Business to nurture and develop the next generation of Human Capital Management professionals," said Dianne Greene, division vice president and general manager of OneADP Norfolk and Louisville, ADP. "Real-world experience goes a long way in preparing students for the workforce and setting them up for success. We're honored to have a hand in fostering human capital management talent in Hampton Roads."
According to Jeff Tanner, dean of the Strome College of Business, students will use the same training curriculum as ADP clients.
"Students seeking a bachelor's degree in human resources will now learn on an industry-leading human capital management platform, ADP's all-in-one HR solution ADP Workforce Now," he said. "The goal is to learn technology-enabled human resource decision-making. This hands-on experience reinforces our commitment to both students and employers."
Ryan Klinger, associate professor of management in the Strome College of Business, who leads the Human Capital Management Academy, said faculty is starting to integrate the ADP solution into HCM courses this spring.
"ADP Workforce Now will be woven throughout the curriculum, allowing students to interact with test data in one of the market's most widely used platforms," Klinger said. "ADP has also developed a communication link directly between our Academy and the ADP executive team so our students can ask questions and learn from industry leaders throughout the program."
While the influence on the program is immediate, the Academy will begin accepting students for classes beginning in the fall of 2020. All students who complete the HCM Academy will graduate with a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Certification.
"The Academy will be a perfect fit for students who want to pursue a career in human resource management and are looking to distinguish themselves from competition for jobs," Tanner added. "We don’t want to teach the history of business; we want our students to be prepared for the future of business. The ADP HCM Academy will be important for the preparation of Strome human resources majors."
ABOUT THE STROME COLLEGE OF BUSINESS:
The Strome College of Business develops globally and real-world savvy students for careers in business and government. Students learn by developing real solutions to support local business and government. The Strome College of Business is ranked among the top 50 MBA online programs and top five accelerated MBA programs and serves 3,200 undergraduates and 750 graduate students, including 26% who are military-affiliated and 27% first generation. ODU is a Minority-Serving Institution, ranked among the top universities for social mobility. Learn more at odu.edu/business.
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ABOUT OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY:
Old Dominion University is Virginia’s entrepreneurial-minded doctoral research university with more than 24,000 students, rigorous academics, an energetic residential community and initiatives that contribute $2.6 billion annually to the Commonwealth’s economy.