Service Learning

The Undergraduate Business program is purposeful about creating opportunities within our curriculum that allow our students to gain practical experience while addressing community needs, both local and abroad.

Serving the Local Community

Though course work projects and opportunities to collaborate with our Enactus team, our students have many opportunities to put what they are learning in class into practice. Here are just a few examples:

  • Business Administration majors create actual business plans for local businesses such as Sweden Senior Center and Vision Maker Inc.
  • Accounting majors (and other interested majors) can receive IRS training and work with a program called CASH (Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope) to prepare taxes and offer financial advisement for low income families.
  • Marketing majors work in teams, as part of their course work, to take on actual clients, developing marketing plans and campaigns for local businesses such as Leaf and Bean and the AdCouncil.

Through these opportunities, students gain confidence in working with people of all economic levels, cultures, and ethnicities; they gain business presentation skills as they bring their plans to clients; and they develop valuable networks for future business collaboration – and even employment – all while serving others.

Serving Abroad

The Undergraduate Business faculty and staff believe that, sometimes, the greatest growth can occur when we are taken far out of our realm of experience and comfort zone. Serving international citizens in their own countries is just such an opportunity. Working with Roberts Enactus and the RWC Chaplain’s Office, our students can participate in any number of established humanitarian projects around the globe. Here are just two examples:

  • Guatemala – Working in Guatemala for over 10 years, our students regularly travel to this country and work with in-country partners to:
    • Provide educational opportunities for indigenous people
    • Help low income families start and expand their own businesses
    • Enable an orphanage to become self-sufficient
    • Address dire health issues through green initiatives that also save residents money
  • India – We are in our 9thyear working with our RWC business alum partners in India. Our students have traveled there to:
    • Help an orphanage and school (established after the 2004 Tsunami) become self-sufficient.