Regional employers are seeking workers with this type of education, which is why Lakeland University decided to create the program that will immerse students across the fields of technology, programming, statistics and data analysis and visualization.
Industrial systems analytics will prepare students to design, develop, implement and operate complex processes and systems in industry and elsewhere, says Brian Frink, dean of Lakeland’s School of Science, Technology & Education. He says input from employers led to the creation of the program.
“Data analysis applies to a world that goes beyond business decisions, as today information and data influences every aspect of our world,” he says. “Organizations have told us they need graduates who can help them become smarter and more efficient at predicting future opportunities, as well as risks.”
Frink says the program “will allow us to positively impact the companies in our geographical area, including the large, growing manufacturers that are generating more and more data that they will need to understand in order to continue to improve and grow.”
The workforce for graduates of the program is bright. Wisconsin’s Workforce and Labor Market Information System notes that operations research analyst is the fastest growing job market in the state and is growing faster in Wisconsin than nationally.
Lakeland’s program is ideal for students from a number of pathways:
- Students at Wisconsin Technical College System schools that are interested in manufacturing and/or IT that would like to complete a bachelor’s degree.
- Transfer students who have completed an associate’s degree at a technical college who are seeking a bachelor’s degree.
- People working in the manufacturing industry who need to use data to improve systems in their workplace.