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K-State Today

July 24, 2014



K-State Olathe offers technology workshops

By Emily Surdez

In response to the needs of Johnson County and Kansas City area businesses, K-State Olathe has developed workshops that will provide immediate benefits to working professionals and executives.

"By engaging with industry leaders and responding to their requests for specific skills, our campus will connect experts from the university and business sectors to provide 'just in time' workshops and intensive training modules," said Prema Arasu, CEO and vice provost of K-State Olathe.

The Discover JMP! workshop, introducing a widely used statistical tool in the business sector, will begin Thursday, July 31, on the Olathe campus. This three-day workshop will be facilitated by Mark Sorrell, a K-State alumnus and applied statistician with more than 25 years of industry experience.

Sorrell designed this program for managers, engineers, scientists and other professionals involved in data analysis. He said, "Participants do not have to be statistically savvy to uncover answers that spreadsheets tend to hide."

JMP is pronounced "jump" and was developed by SAS, a software company. It is a statistical discovery tool that gives users the power to analyze data and visually display the results. Interested professionals can register for the workshop and discover how JMP makes it easier for data explorers to follow clues to new breakthroughs.

The other new workshop offered through K-State Olathe is Big Data, which will begin Aug. 5. The workshop will address computational infrastructure and software tools that support big data applications development.