The perfect competitive advantage for students: Entrepreneurship minor, community engagement and career opportunities

The College of Management has created an exciting, relevant, and diverse menu of curriculum enhancements and career development programs designed to build students’ competitive edge and to meet the high demands for leadership in existing organizations and in business start-ups.

“Corporations and communities are demanding competencies in innovative thinking, problem solving, and cultural sensitivity in the twenty first century that our students are uniquely designed to meet. The development of the entrepreneurial mindset will help them build their own dreams and reach their fullest potential,” states Dr. Denise E. Williams, entrepreneurship and leadership professor.

Non-business majors can now explore career paths in innovation demanded in each field and gain easy access to “Interdisciplinary Knowledge and Skills for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTR300)” with reduced pre-requisites. They can then join business majors in building their dreams and career options through “Challenges/Choices in Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ENTR490)” and a new offering, “Entrepreneurial Mindset in a Diverse World.” These courses are further enhanced by extensive community engagement with leaders of industry and innovation who share their expertise with students through the growing collaborations.

By building collaborations with SCORE, Women Business Development Center and university veteran services, the College of Management has been actively engaged in the entrepreneurship and veterans communities creating opportunities for students. The “Build Your Dream” initiative represented an unprecedented collaboration of the entrepreneurship, women entrepreneurship and veteran communities in educational events to expose women veteran and service women to entrepreneurship career paths. Metropolitan State has 800 veteran students with approximately one-third being women.

The university’s work with the National Association of Women Business Owners resulted in a new category honoring women veteran business owners, our recommended business owner being selected and honored and offers to integrate business owners to share their experiences with students in a variety of classes.

“This is a perfect example of how contributions from the community really can make a difference, serve unmet community needs and build collaboration with the entrepreneurship, business and veteran communities,” said Dr. Kat Lui, dean, College of Management. Students are invited to “Build Your Dream” with the Metropolitan State University curriculum, career development opportunities, and programs.