Salesforce Academic Alliance Opportunity for Kent State Students

Salesforce is an industry leading CRM with the “most successful cloud computing platform in the world,” and there is a growing demand for Salesforce certified administrators and developers. A recent IDC report indicated that by 2018, Salesforce and its ecosystem of customers and partners will create over one million jobs and generate $272 billion in GDP impact worldwide. With our Salesforce adoption on campus, we can prepare our students to land those jobs!

The Salesforce Academic Alliance Program provides practical, hands-on Salesforce training that can be offered as a workshop or as a part of a degree program. This program is a win-win situation for Kent State University: we educate students and give them internship opportunities to use real skills for our own implementation, and students get real world skills to enhance their employability and prepare them to compete for jobs in business management, sales, marketing, information and technology management, data sciences, and more!

An initial workshop is being planned with Eboni Pringle for the Dynamic Education and Engagement of Diverse Students (DEEDS) program. DEEDS is the umbrella for all University-level commitments, both new and existing initiatives, that supports the retention, persistence and graduation of diverse students. DEEDS integrates collective efforts into a holistic intentional strategy that ensures academic success, promotes an affirming community and prepares Kent State’s underrepresented students for their future. Plans include a special opportunity for ten students to participate, become certified, and apply for several internship positions in the Information Services Systems Development department.