Lincoln, Neb. -- University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken today announced that IntelliCom Computer Consulting, Inc. of Kearney has been named the 2006 recipient of the Walter Scott Entrepreneurial Business Award. The award is given to a business with a presence in Nebraska that has established partnerships and links with the University of Nebraska in the area of technology. It carries a cash award of $10,000 to be used for the promotion or creation of student work experiences in the fields of information science, technology, and engineering.
IntelliCom was founded by UNL graduate Dan Shundoff in 1994 and today employs 25 people in network engineering, web-hosting and design, computer security and technical training. The company has worked with the University of Nebraska at Kearney to create internships for 22 students interested in pursuing a career in information technology, and has already hired 11 former interns into highly skilled, paid positions. The award recognizes companies that create innovative opportunities for students, create partnerships that enable the university to develop the skills needed to meet the technology demands of Nebraska businesses, and provide assistance to the university to build a strong entrepreneurial community partnership.
“IntelliCom is a great example of a company that understands the value of partnerships between business and higher education,” Milliken said. “The opportunities that the company has provided to our students have helped build central Nebraska’s business capacity, and have kept some of our outstanding graduates in the state.”
In addition to the internship program, the company has “adopted” a freshman computer class at UNK to encourage student interest in technology. Company leaders also participate on university advisory boards and councils, including the President’s Advisory Council.
The award will be presented at a luncheon in Omaha May 11.