GE Partners with Indiana University's Kelley School of Business for Early Career IT Leadership Program

  GE Partners with Indiana University's Kelley School of Business for Early
  Career IT Leadership Program

Business Wire

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- July 24, 2014

Indiana University's Kelley School of Business announced today that it is
providing customized graduate-level educational programs for information
technology professionals as part of General Electric's (NYSE:GE) Information
Technology Leadership Program.

GE's challenging two-year early career leadership rotational program helps
participants develop problem-solving skills through advanced courses in IT and
technology projects, as well as presentations to senior leadership that are
aligned with business objectives.

The customized curriculum, also being delivered by faculty in the School of
Informatics and Computing at IU Bloomington, will consist of a 15-credit
graduate-level certificate program, which will be completed through a series
of in-person and online courses.

Upon completion, and based on participant performance, GE professionals can
continue working toward a MBA degree or a Master of Science degree in
information technology management, finance, global supply chain management,
management or marketing. Approximately 150 GE professionals will make up the
first cohort.

“This program is a great example of the investment GE is making in training
and development,” said GE Chief Information Officer Jamie Miller. “Our IT
professionals push the limits of technology and the courses offered through
this program, which will focus on rapidly disruptive technologies like cloud
and mobility, and will arm participants with the skills needed to drive
breakthrough levels of efficiency, productivity, and innovation for GE and our

An international leader in graduate business education, the Kelley School will
leverage its renowned, top-ranked faculty and innovative resources to create
customized offerings for GE's IT professionals.

Kelley is building on previous successes in creating customized offerings for
clients at other Fortune 500 firms, including General Motors, Ingersoll-Rand,
John Deere and Cummins Engine Co., as well as Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte,
United Technologies Corp., Cognizant and China International Marine Containers

"The Kelley School has been providing successful customized programs for a
wide range of corporate and educational partners worldwide for more than 25
years. Our leadership and innovation in delivering online programs provides
the flexibility to design a unique experience for GE," said Idalene Kesner,
dean of the Kelley School and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic

"A key driver is Kelley’s Master of Science in Information Systems program,
which has been producing highly successful IT professionals for well over a
decade. Some of our school's recruiting companies have asked us to teach the
new hires from other business schools how to manage IT the way our graduates
do," Kesner added. "With an industry-connected faculty who are dedicated to
innovative research and the success of their students, we produce leaders in
IT management and beyond."

"The role of IT professionals and their importance to large organizations has
changed dramatically in just a few years, with the shift towards cloud-based
and mobile-based environments," said Ash Soni, executive associate dean for
academic programs and a professor of operations and decision technologies at
Kelley. "Students in the program will be better equipped to meet these
challenges and evolve and adapt to them."

Courses will focus on five specialty areas identified by GE, including
analysis leading to solutions, program and project management, service
management and platform and infrastructure management. While these subjects
are taught as part of Kelley’s degree programs, faculty will work with GE
practice and thought leaders to customize existing courses and to develop new
courses as needed.

Kelley was the first top-15 business school in the United States to develop an
online MBA program. Ranked No. 1 earlier this year by U.S. News & World
Report, the school has offered online education to corporate-sponsored
employees and individuals for 15 years. Last year, it expanded its
credit-bearing certificate programs for executives worldwide, including in
India, Korea and Brazil.

The GE-Kelley partnership is one example of customized education at the
school. For more information about Executive Degree Programs, call

About GE

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technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy,
health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and
curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information,
visit the company's website at For more details on GE’s ITLP
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