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Giving them the e-business

Rochester Institute of Technology is ready to connect students with the future of commerce. The New York State Education Department has approved a plan by RIT's College of Business to offer an undergraduate certificate in e-business. The certificate program -- the first of its kind locally -- began this fall.

"The Internet is changing the way the world does business," says Victor Perotti, assistant professor of management information systems. "Our academic strategy needs to change with it."

Last year, Perotti joined a team of RIT faculty and various industry experts to develop the program's curriculum.

"We're now prepared to provide today's business professionals with the knowledge they need to participate in this electronic revolution," he explains.

The e-business program focuses on business-to-business aspects of electronic commerce. Certificates are awarded after completing six courses -- four required courses and two electives. In some cases, credits may be applied toward a bachelor's degree at RIT.

The program is geared toward professionals who come from marketing or technology backgrounds and for individuals with new e-business responsibilities in the workplace. An online, distance learning option will be available in the winter quarter. For more information, contact student services in the College of Business at (716) 475-6085.