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Computer Aid, Harrisburg University partner on center

By - Last modified: June 26, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Computer Aid Inc., an Allentown-based information technology company with a Dauphin County office, has partnered with Harrisburg University of Science and Technology to be a founding member of the university's Government Technology Institute.

The institute provides education and training for government IT employees through courses, seminars and certification programs, according to Harrisburg University. It relies on partnerships with companies to develop program content focusing on industry innovations, trends, best practices and emerging technologies.

"We are delighted to have Computer Aid Inc.'s invaluable insight and expertise in support of our efforts to educate and advance public sector IT workers and (chief information officers)," Charlie Gerhards, the institute's co-director, said in a statement.

Gerhards was secretary of administration and CIO overseeing state IT under former Govs. Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker. Gerhards' institute co-director is Barbara Shelton, Ridge's deputy secretary for procurement. She later headed the U.S. General Service Administration's Philadelphia office. GSA is responsible for federal administrative infrastructure, including technology and office buildings.

Computer Aid, with an office in Swatara Township, has a large public-sector client list for IT, including work with the state and at midstate military bases such as Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg. The base in Hampden Township, Cumberland County, and its resident commands supply the U.S. Navy with everything from IT services to food and ordnance.