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Talent-Hungry High-Tech Firms Turn to N.C. State

Posted January 15, 2001 6:00 a.m. EST

— Triangle technology companies are training the workers they need by plugging into a pool of resources atN.C. State University.

Companies and the university are benefitting from being ePartners -- an NCSU program that helps students prepare for work in the high-tech sector.

HiddenMind Technologycreates "HiddenLogic," software that will be deployed for wireless applications of the future. About a third of the company's 70 employees are N.C. State graduates. More highly trained engineers will be needed, so the company has joined the ePartners program.

"For us, that becomes a tremendous cost savings, because it reduces the amount of training time that we have to spend to get students trained up to become a productive member of the organization," says Kristopher Tyra, HiddenMind's founder.

The company joins SAS, Nortel, John Deere and three other ePartners in the university's goal of becoming one of the top computer science departments in the country.

NCSU students will have the advantage of learning about technologies so new, they are not in textbooks or the curriculum.