Vistex solutions help businesses take control of their mission-critical processes through software and professional services. Now, through scholarships at COD, Vistex is also helping the next generation of computer and information technology students.
“We sought to engage with College of DuPage because we saw an opportunity to support high level and accessible technical education right in our backyard,” said Vistex Founder, CEO, and Chief Architect Sanjay Shah. “I believe that the students we are supporting through the Vistex scholarships have every capability to become leaders in this industry.”
Vistex has 21 global offices with over 1,500 employees. The company has given over $30,000 for scholarships at COD, and just gave an additional $10,000 for the upcoming year. Over the past three years, and continuing into this year, Vistex scholarships have supported almost 20 College of DuPage students.
“We hope that, in removing this one financial barrier to success for students, other barriers might fall by the power of their curiosity, entrepreneurship and hard work,” Shah said.
Scholarships, programmatic support, sponsorships, and naming opportunities are a few ways that companies can align philanthropic work with their own goals to shape an outstanding workforce. The Vistex partnership with COD represents a long-term, multi-faceted corporate relationships.
“Corporate donors collaborate with colleges to tackle challenges of workforce development and retention,” said Kelli Walker, director, corporate partnerships, Institutional Advancement at COD. “Our students benefit not only from financial support but educational opportunities such as internships and professional mentorship.”
Corporations can work with COD to provide students with apprenticeships, internships, externships, and networking. Companies can receive professional development for specific business needs through continuing education at COD. Companies and their employees can also offer mentoring and leadership by participating in academic advisory councils and mentorship programs, speaking to classes, or joining the alumni executive committee.