Stevens Institute Of Technology Partners With Bright Star Scanning To Train Iraq, Afghanistan & Homeless Veterans

Certification program will teach veterans about business process management, records management, and e-learning technologies

10/4/2011

Hoboken, NJ – Stevens Institute of Technology today announced its partnership with Bright Star, a Newark-based non-profit business process and records management company that trains and employs U.S. veterans, to create a certification program to train veterans in the fields of business process management (BPM), records management, and e-learning technologies. The certification program will enable veterans to successfully embark on substantive, long-term careers in these rapidly growing and important fields.

Dr. Michael zur Muehlen and Dr. Celia V. Harquail, professors in the Howe School, are spearheading the Stevens’ team as part of the school’s Business Technology Consulting Practicum.  They are nationally recognized authorities in BPM and social organizations and will advise the students throughout the course of the projects.  The Stevens teams will coordinate with Steven Dworkin, Vice President of Development for Bright Star who is an expert in BPM technologies.

“This program is unique and represents an exceptional opportunity for both our students and veterans,” said Professor zur Muehlen. “The training veterans receive during their service gives them the skills and experience to excel in the commercial sector. They are a reservoir of talent that is too often untapped.”  

Thirteen students from Stevens’ Howe School of Technology Management will work with Bright Star on two distinct projects:  building curricula and associated training material for certification programs for BPM, records management, and e-learning; and working with Bright Star’s team of veterans to build comprehensive proof-of-concept workflow modules for licensing processes for government agencies.

“I believe this partnership is valuable in so many respects, but most importantly in keeping our veterans working and prospering after their service to our country is over,” Dr. Harquail said. “It was so popular with our students that we ended up with twice as many joining as we had originally planned. Our students were attracted by the opportunity to work with a social enterprise, and to learn more about managing a goal-driven company. "    

“We are proud to announce this important partnership between Bright Star and Stevens,” said Bright Star Founder and CEO Dorothy Nicholson.  “This program will train veterans in cutting edge technologies that will give them the tools they need to thrive and prosper after serving our country.  This is the reason we founded Bright Star, to give veterans a place where they have the support to grow and be successful.”  

About Stevens
Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University™, lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research.  The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.

Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers accredited baccalaureate, masters, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts.  Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,350 undergraduate, 3,600 graduate students and almost 450 faculty members. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world.  Additional information may be obtained at www.stevens.edu and www.stevens.edu/news.

About Bright Star

Bright Star is a social enterprise that trains and employs veterans in business process management and is headquartered in Newark, New Jersey.  Bright Star provides business process management, records management, and e-learning development services to federal, state, and local government agencies.  Founded in 2008, it has a singular goal of providing veterans with training and employment in real-world, long-term careers in a supportive environment designed to help them succeed.  Working alongside the Department of Veteran Affairs, United Way, Goodwill, Eva’s Village, Catholic Charities, Covenant House and the Hoboken Homeless Shelter, Bright Star offers a range of vocational rehabilitation programs and career paths.  For more information please visit www.brightstarscanning.org