Devry University Announces New Location

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March 5, 2007–Further validating Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network’s recent economic assessment stating that the technology hub has “rebooted” with new job creation on the rise, DeVry University, one of North America’s largest degree-granting higher education institutions for business, technology, healthcare technology, and management education will open its newest California location in San Jose this March. The university will be located at 2160 Lundy Avenue in San Jose.

DeVry University, a regionally accredited institution, is heeding the call of Santa Clara Valley technology leaders for improved preparation of young people for business and technical careers. DeVry will offer programs year-round at the San Jose location, allowing students to complete a bachelor’s degrees in three years or less, and complete an associate degree in less than one and one-half years. The university also will offer seven master’s degree programs through its Keller Graduate School of Management.

According to Bay Area DeVry University president, Dr. Kandy Simmons, DeVry graduates are highly sought by employers. For the year ending June 2006, of DeVry University graduates system-wide, 91 percent of those in the active job market were employed in their fields within six months of graduation at an average salary of $41,000. DeVry’s Fremont, California campus posted slightly higher results for the same time period: 93 percent were employed earning an average salary of $45,000.

“Business and industry measure success with results. The success of education should also measure by results,” said Dr. Simmons. “DeVry University defines its success by the desirability of the graduates to local business and industry. This is the partnership that should undergird our economy.”

Demand for technology-savvy graduates with a post-secondary degree is a primary need in Silicon Valley, as California’s third-largest city approaches a population of 1 million. While the San Jose area is home to the largest concentration of technology expertise in the world–6,600 technology companies employing more than 254,000 people–the area also supports more than 56,000 companies in service, financial, and manufacturing industries among others.

“With the thriving information technology community in the Bay Area, DeVry is addressing a need for degree programs that prepare students for careers at the intersection of business and technology,” said David Pauldine, president of DeVry University. “DeVry University offers a career-oriented educational experience that provides students with skills that can be immediately applied in the workplace.”

While the technology industry is strong in San Jose, education in technology does not limit graduates to careers at tech companies, continued Pauldine. “Technology is no longer just a sector of our economy, but an integral part of all 21st-century organizations.”
According to the Information Technology Association of America, non-IT companies remain the largest employer of IT workers in the United States, employing 10 times more IT professionals than technology companies.

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