One of the major problems facing the computing industry concerns the training of professionals. Many of the existing programs in computer science at academic institutions simply do not provide the preparation required for the practice of computer science in industry. This problem is due primarily, but not exclusively, to the failure of our academic institutions to consider the needs of industry in ordering their priorities and goals. Other causes are the specific failure of industry to make its needs known in an adequate manner to the academic institutions, and the general lack of communication between these communities. Regretfully, neither community is taking adequate steps to solve the problem. In this void of activity, we find the several professional societies trying to bridge the gap with programs for the certification of professionals.
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