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Software Company FPX Commits More Than $686,000 to Internship Program

Project FPX provides real-world experience in software testing and development to Minnesota State Mankato students.

2015-08-28
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 8-28-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Data management provider FPX, LLC, recently committed more than $686,000 over the next three years to “Project FPX,” an internship program that provides students in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Computer Information Science Department real-world experience in the areas of software testing and development.

Project FPX began initially with a three-year contract in August 2010, and a two-year extension was announced in August 2013. The latest three-year agreement extends the FPX commitment to August 2018.

The Project FPX internship program provides software development and software testing opportunities to Minnesota State Mankato students majoring in technology. It allows the students to gain real-world experience while going to school, said Mike Wells, director of Project FPX and a Computer Information Science Department faculty member.

Once students begin the Project FPX program, they typically work until graduation, said Wells, adding that students working a full schedule can make enough to pay for most of their tuition and expenses. Wells said that 100 percent of the program’s graduating students have found employment in their field of study and that some are even hired at an increased salary as an entry-level full-time employee.

“We are happy that FPX has signed on for another three years,” said Wells. “As an industry partner, FPX gets a pipeline of pre-trained employees and a low-cost staff augmentation resource while the interns are in school. The university gets a true industry partnership and administrative cost recovery that helps spawn additional research on campus. Faculty get exposed to leading edge industry projects and a potential fertile research environment.”

For more information on Project FPX, contact Wells by phone at 507-389-6659 or by email at michael.wells@mnsu.edu.

FPX, LLC is headquartered in Dallas, with offices in Mankato and around the world. Those who want more information on FPX may visit the company website at www.fpx.com.

The Computer Information Science Department is part of Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Science, Engineering & Technology.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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