As a College of Business, our responsibility is not to simply graduate students, but to ensure that they have practical skills that can be put to good use in the business world. We equip students with the necessary tools so that they can be immediate contributors to the organizations they join upon graduation. While a large part of that process involves classroom learning, we strive to provide our students additional experiential learning opportunities in many different areas to round out their academic careers.
Our Peter M. & Paula Green Johnson Career Center is dedicated to assisting students in finding internship and job opportunities. Our process takes students from “backpacks to briefcases,” beginning with resume workshops and elevator pitches, leading to career fairs and final interviews. Experiential learning is not limited to what our career center can offer though.
The College of Business now hosts several First-year Seminar classes each semester. These classes are offered, in part, to make young freshmen students aware of the experiences they can have on and off campus. Preparing students in a practical manner gives them a unique window into the real world and educates them on the efforts necessary both inside and outside the classroom. These seminars also highlight the coursework of a typical business curriculum and the opportunities that students have here at the College.
This year our annual John P. Ellbogen $30K Student Entrepreneurship Competition celebrated its 15th year. We began with almost 50 teams from the various schools and colleges at the University of Wyoming, all with one goal – learn how to become the best entrepreneur they can be (and win some money for their new business in the process). Engineers met with accounting students. Students majoring in marketing assisted others with backgrounds in computer science. Of these talented teams, the competition whittled down to 8 final teams that will make their final presentation to a panel of judges at an open event in the College of Business on April 8th.
I am delighted to note that all the teams received excellent and constructive feedback from a panel of exceptional judges devoting their time. Our wonderful alumni and friends spoke in various First-year Seminar classes highlighting different industry careers that are available to our students. The college’s close industry connections even provide access to high-quality internship and job opportunities for our students. These interactions and experiences have a very positive and lasting impact on our students and for that I am thankful. Thank you to the individuals, organizations, and companies who continue to have a transformative effect on our students that goes above and beyond traditional classroom education.
- Sanjay Putrevu