Posted: Mar 28, 2013 6:18 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Mar 28, 2013 6:18 PM
BATON ROUGE- IBM's entry into the Red Stick signals big changes at LSU.
The state will invest $14 million into the university's School of Computer Science, money that will allow the school to boost faculty numbers and increase the output of technologically sound graduates.
"It will not only impact us, computer science faculty, students, it will impact people in all sectors, so actually, when we hear the news it's hard to believe," said Bijaya Karki, Interim Division Chair for the school.
Students are excited they won't have to buy a plane ticket to get a gig with a tech company when they graduate.
"I've got a few friends of mine getting internships in Seattle and out in California. Now that we have jobs coming here, a lot of people can stay close especially when they graduate in Baton Rouge and get a job really close and IBM is probably going to want to hire them," said Randy Watson, who is graduating in May.
"If IBM like companies come to Baton Rouge, we'll have more opportunities and we'll be placed easily, instead of going outside [the state]," said Sumanth Reddy Bandi, a graduate student at LSU.
IBM will hold a job fair at the Baton Rouge Marriott on April 23rd. For more information on their hiring process click here.