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SAIC HELPS HARRISONBURG UNIVERSITY

 MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Eight specialists from SAIC (Science Applications International Corp.) will give James Madison University (JMU) students a glimpse of life after graduation.
 The SAIC group will visit Harrisonburg, Va., campus of 11,000 students, on Friday to teach classes and meet informally with students and faculty. The exchange is part of an expanding partnership between the university and SAIC, a large high-technology company with offices in the Washington, D.C., area.
 The disciplines to be covered include not only sciences -- physics, chemistry, math, biology and computer sciences -- but history and English as well.
 "We're trying to give as much of a well-rounded look as possible at what's available in the technical world after the students graduate," said Priscilla Wallace, visit organizer for SAIC. "We've found that students can be ready to graduate and still don't know what their career options are."
 Contact between SAIC and JMU began several years ago when the company began sponsoring student technical paper competitions and inviting students and faculty to visit SAIC's McLean facilities. But in order to reach a greater number of students, and to talk with underclassmen before they are nearing the end of their college days, SAIC decided to take the educational show on the road, and have the employees go to the campus.
 "The university has always stressed the importance of giving our students experiences on how the real world works in business and industry," said JMU spokesperson Fred Hilton. "We're grateful to SAIC for broadening the horizons for our students and helping them to prepare better for careers after graduation."
 SAIC participants include Cori Riny, Janet Vasek, Barry Nichols, John Thomas, Cindy Decker, Alan Mankofsky, Joe Parker and Wallace. SAIC is donating one-half day of each person's time, as well as hosting a faculty lunch, and the employees are contributing a half day each.
 Wallace hopes the program can be expanded next year through obtaining federal or state funding to underwrite two or more visits a year.
 "We were surprised at how valuable our own experiences were to the students," said Wallace. "They told us how much the stories of our own career paths helped give them an idea of what it would be like to be out in the world and beginning a career. If this program enhances the students' academic work and makes them better prepared to go into the workforce, then we have accomplished our main goal."
 SAIC provides high-technology services in the areas of national security, health care, energy, environment, transportation and space to government and the private sector. With $1.6 billion in annual revenues, employee-owned SAIC has 15,500 employees in more than 250 locations worldwide.
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