In addition to offering ACBSP accredited business and management courses, CCBC also offers a unique course, MNGT 216, that allows students to serve as consultants to a start-up so they can apply the principles and concepts in the classroom to a real business.
Students earn 3 credits in this unique elective. There are no exams and there are no textbooks. Instead, students evaluate each other's performance as they work in teams to help a business get started. Leading the students is Dennis Sullivan, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of the Business Studies Department at CCBC, who has launched more than 100 products and businesses in his career.
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Best class I have ever taken!
"By far the best class I have ever taken! It really helped me understand how to start a business and it gave me a chance to put into practice all the things I've been learning in my classes. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in starting a business."
— Jonathan Pope, MNGT 216 Graduate, Spring 2013
In nearly all of our business studies classes at CCBC, more than half of our students say they would like to start a business someday. National research supports this trend. Among Gen Y students, those between 18 and 29, the third-most common college major is “entrepreneurial studies,” according to PayScale.com.
A Kauffman Foundation report adds that there are now 2,335 full-time undergraduate and graduate programs in the U.S. to meet the growing demand for students interested in studying entrepreneurship. It’s not crazy to think that businesses can be started while taking college classes or soon afterwards.
Google, Time, Reddit, Insomnia Cookies, Fed Ex, Microsoft, Dell and Facebook were all started by their founders while still in college. All started as small businesses. In fact, 89.3% of all U.S. businesses employee less than 20 people, according to the United States Census Bureau. In Maryland, 85.2% of businesses have less than 20 employees.
Even if the students do not start their own businesses, one out of three employers are looking for employees who have a background in entrepreneurship, according to a survey by Experience Inc.
Our MNGT 216 Graduates, Spring 2013