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MIS students get a leg up in experiential learning – and the job market

There’s really nothing quite like gaining valuable experience and making yourself more marketable at the same time, right? That’s especially true in today’s competitive job market.

But that’s exactly what Management Information Systems (MIS) students at B&E did recently in completing a seven-week Oracle course. On Friday afternoons. Seven Friday afternoons. From 3 to 5 p.m. For no additional credit.

“We had a group of 15 students who spent seven Friday afternoons this fall in our computer lab, just so they could learn the Oracle system,” said Dr. Graham Peace, MIS associate professor. “The company, M&S Consulting, based here in Morgantown, gave a lot of time, effort and technology to help our students.”

Christa Bland, a junior MIS student from Wellsburg, West Virginia, said that learning Oracle only furthers the knowledge of the students as they prepare to step into the work force.

“Almost everybody uses Oracle,” she said. “Our university uses Oracle. Major corporations use it, and they use it because it’s an industry standard.

“Oracle is the framework for creating a database. And people in several different areas of any company are going to use it. As future MIS professionals, it was important for our group to go through this course.”

Bland said the group of students got to see how different parts of the software communicate and work together. She said she specifically liked the “business intelligence” side of learning the software, where students developed and utilized tools to create meaningful information from the raw data.

“I know I’m going to see Oracle again in my future, especially if I work in consulting,” said Bland. “Thanks to this opportunity, we got to use the most current versions of the software, which will prepare us for our next step out into the work force.”

Peace added, “Our students voluntarily attended the course when they could have been doing something else — anything else — on a Friday afternoon. And they didn’t receive any credit to do this. They did it solely to advance their knowledge, which I think really shows the caliber of the students we have and their appetite for learning.”