The upsides of the growing IBM Services Center in Baton Rouge include the company’s commitment to the education and training of more computer science graduates.
Richard Koubek is dean of the LSU College of Engineering, and he told the IBM building groundbreaking that some intellectual ground is being turned too, as IBM workers have collaborated with professors and LSU students already. The know-how of IBMers is helping to drive expanded course offerings in areas like analytics. Maybe one can’t put a dollar amount on that contribution, but it certainly enriches the course work of today and gives new opportunities to future students.
It is one of the consequences of the IBM deal that makes this more than a typical industrial location.