It's a win-win situation. Business students at Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis., run a real company even before they graduate, while local businesses and nonprofits get bargain rates. According to Carthage, Velocity Consulting is the first 100 percent student-run, full-service consulting company in the U.S. Students must submit résumés to join the company. "With Velocity, we're already in the real world," said the company's senior CEO, Catherine Rogers, a marketing and art history major. On a recent paying project for improving county golf courses, Velocity drew from its members' skills in financial analysis, market research, photography, geography, information science and more.
Midland University, Fremont, Neb., plans to offer a Master of Business Administration program in fall 2012. Led by Raymond Sass, the university's director of strategic planning, the program is aimed at recent college graduates and working professionals. Midland's board hopes to offer undergraduate business majors a chance to complete their MBA in one year. Sass (no relation to Midland President Ben Sasse) was previously chief of staff of the $40 million-plus internal think tank at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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