Contact: Ernest Gurule' 303.556.2523 or 303.556.3468
CU-Denver and Raytheon:
"A Parternship for the Future"
Denver – "Don't call it philanthropy. It's good business and old fashioned common sense," said University of Colorado-Denver Chancellor Georgia Lesh-Laurie on the Raytheon Company's new computer laboratory for the College of Engineering and Applied Science. "As competitive as the job market is, any corporation wanting to ensure a trained workforce for itself is making these kinds of investments," added the Chancellor.
Raytheon, a leader in space systems and satellite data processing, is among a growing number of companies looking to college campuses for future employees. "Raytheon is connecting with CU-Denver as an investment in its future. We're going to provide it with students who are not only job ready but, because of time spent in this lab, also familiar with the Raytheon mission," said Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science Dr. Pete Jenkins.
The thirty computer stations set up in the lab will double "by this time next year" said Jenkins. The lab provides students the chance to do "nearly anything they want," added the Dean. "They can check their e-mail or design the most complex computer program." Jenkins estimated that "more than 500 students a semester can easily use the lab."
The Raytheon lab represents just one component of the corporation's investment in CU-Denver. It also provides a long-term financial commitment that includes engineer retraining programs, scholarships and other in-kind assistance to CU-Denver. "There are a lot of companies hoping to harvest trained workers off university campuses. Raytheon's commitment demonstrates just how a progressive company stays ahead of the curve," said Jenkins.
The Raytheon lab represents just "one part of its commitment to CU-Denver," said Jenkins. "In addition, Raytheon will have regular CU-Denver job fairs, an on-site help desk and on-going recruiting visits," said Jenkins. "Plus, we're going to use this lab as one of our strongest recruiting tools," he said.
The fluorescent lighting in the lab highlights the Colorado-themed murals that adorn two of its walls. Each mural is complemented by inspirational messages including one attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt. "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
Logging on to do homework, chat on-line, or solve mind-numbing calculation in this lab "still staggers the imagination," said Jenkins, who, as a graduate student at Purdue, remembered the "punch cards and the interminable waiting" for homework assignments of another day. But, "that's progress," he said. "This is the future and the future is in dreams."
Photo opportunity: The lab is located in the North Classroom Building on the Auraria Campus, Room 2610. Call for an appointment 303.556.2523 or 303.556.3468