A new partnership between Midwestern State University's Dillard College of Business and the No. 2 Most Admired Company in Fortune's 2007 list holds "limitless possibilities," according to Anthony Chelte, Dillard College dean. Chelte
is finalizing a commitment between Perot Systems
, of Plano, Texas, - a technology-based business solutions company - and MSU
The partnership with Ross Perot's company will include a hiring commitment of at least 25 students annually to place in the Perot Academy
, the company's training program.
Twenty-seven recent MSU business graduates are already enrolled in the first class and more will be in the second class, Chelte
wants many, many more of our students and has made that desire and their commitment to us very clear," Chelte
The training program includes a Dallas apartment, a $50,000 annual salary to start and three months of mentoring before students are deployed to one of Perot Systems
' locations around the country.
The professional-level opportunity is not a quick road out of town for the Dillard College
's brightest, Chelte
said in an interview Friday.He
views it as an opportunity for graduates to receive "an outstanding career opportunity" that may well bring them back home to the mid- and upper-level positions available here.
"Currently, there are limited opportunities for entry-level career positions (in Wichita Falls)," he
expects that the gift will be divided and awarded to two students each year, one undergraduate and one graduate.
..."It is obvious that Perot Systems is in serious need of knowledgeable workers - that we can and must provide - to offset the brain drain that is occurring," Chelte wrote in notes to MSU President Dr. Jesse Rogers.
expects the partnership to enhance MSU's
recruiting of both faculty and students and to reassure parents of rich opportunities for their children upon graduation.It will also provide additional resources for MSU
and increase opportunities for student recognition through awards, internship opportunities and satisfying careers.
With this one successful partnership may come many more, Chelte