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Welcome to the

NKU Center for Applied Informatics

What is the CAI?

The Center for Applied Informatics (CAI) is the outreach arm of NKU’s College of Informatics.  We draw upon student, staff, and faculty expertise from business informatics, computer science and communications to enhance student success.  The CAI also features a high-impact virtual co-op program, which engages students in informatics initiatives for organizations locally, regionally and nationally.

Mobile Development

“The need for tech talent cuts across all industries, and we are extremely fortunate to have this nationally recognized program producing innovative, critical thinkers who meet the needs of our region’s employers. CAI’s virtual co-op program and project-based, applied learning approach is exactly the kind of programming it will take to ensure our tech talent pipeline is full now and into the future. Bravo CAI!”

- Jordan Vogel, VP, Talent Initiatives, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Web Development

"The faculty and students of the College of Informatics and Center for Applied Informatics have continue to play an integral and active part in supporting the local startup ecosystem by providing talented interns, advising/mentoring entrepreneurs and being a valued technology team when needed. We need more developers and high-tech minded graduates and NKU is positioning itself to being a regional leader.

JB Woodruff, Program Director, UpTech

Creative Development

"What we find most valuable about the CAI students and graduates is the breadth and depth of their hands-on business experience. They benefit because they can determine quickly if they are good at and enjoy a given technical role, allowing them to focus on the right IT career track for them. And we benefit because they are able to add immediate value in their internships or full time opportunities. We feel lucky to have access to these bright students right here in our backyard."

Kim Chiodi, Western & Southern Financial Group, Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Apprenticeship Program

"The leaders of the Region’s top IT employers have a long track record of being proactively engaged with higher education, especially innovative programs that are accelerating the development of IT talent. NKU’s internal co-op program is one of the Region’s most innovative higher-ed programs. Having their students take on real-world projects under the direction of experienced IT project managers provides their students extremely valuable and relevant learning and growth opportunities. In addition to applying their technical skills, students gain important experience in project management, client interaction, and working in a collaborative/team environment – all while subsidizing the cost of their education."

Geoff Smith, Co-chair, Cincinnati CIO Roundtable