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  •  Career Boost for Non-Business Majors

    Sunday, May. 5, 2013 10:03 AM

    SANTA CLARA, CALIF. – May 1, 2013 – A 10-week summer program at Santa Clara University will teach business basics and career planning to college students looking to use their humanities or sciences studies in a business environment. Called the Leavey Business Institute (LBI), the program is designed for currently enrolled sophomores, juniors, and seniors at the University and other colleges in the Bay Area.

    “Students majoring in non-business subjects will succeed in business—many SCU alumni working in Silicon Valley companies are liberal arts graduates, according to our surveys. However, employers are recruiting workers who will ‘hit the ground running,’ ” said Drew Starbird, dean of the business school. “LBI will help these students develop a business framework to complement their degree, and make that quick start possible.”

    Students in the program will take classes introducing business practice and oral and written communication for the workplace. One course, The Silicon Valley Ecosystem, will be taught by Robert Finocchio, a veteran of several Bay Area companies, and will feature guest speakers and field trips to businesses headquartered in the region. Integrated into the curriculum is an emphasis on career exploration and connecting a student’s major and how it might be used in business.

    Courses are delivered to a single cohort which blends students of different majors, making classroom discussion richer. The program earns 13 SCU units, which may be transferrable to a student’s home institution.

    Online applications for the Institute are due June 1. The application and details about the courses, schedule, and faculty, are found at www.scu.edu/LBI.

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  •  SCU Seniors Working for Themselves after Graduation

    Wednesday, Jun. 1, 2011 3:15 PM

    From making T-shirts to matching up nonprofits with needy groups around the world, a number of soon-to-be SCU grads are planning to spend their time after graduation building and working at businesses they created while on campus. 

    Josh Bois, a graduating senior in the OMIS department, will spend this summer ramping up a business that he’s built over the past three years or so -- Global Good Media, part of the Global Good Group network -- with an Atlanta-based partner. Their marketing and consulting business has helped about 100 businesses in the U.S. and worldwide with services including website management, search-engine optimization, technology consulting and social-media marketing. The company uses the services of about 10 graduate-student interns, and currently has about a dozen ongoing clients. 

    An entrepreneur since high school, Bois received a certificate in entrepreneurship from SCU’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), which he praises for providing him with “great networking opportunities,” including contacts at venture-capital firms. 

    He expects the business to grow to support him after he moves back to his hometown of Orange County, and credits Santa Clara University with making him feel empowered for the future. “My business’s mission is to change the world by connecting people, businesses and information around the world,” he said. "Santa Clara helped me feel I can achieve that."

    Finance major Sol Tran, who just won CIE’s Outstanding Student Entrepreneur award, will be working on a business called SocialOven, which will use proprietary technology and his own skill at analyzing Facebook advertising opportunities to place ads for retailers and other companies strategically on Facebook pages. He’s doing similar work for another company at the moment, but he says they’ve worked out a deal where he’ll strike out on his own soon.

    “Eventually I’m going to want to build my own product and make it more sophisticated,” he says. “I’ll either find an angel investor or work a side job and gather the funds I need.”

    Another graduating student, Michael Kawamoto, will continue to work on his T-shirt business, Aloha Coterie, as a part-time endeavor when he’s not busy with his new full-time job in PricewaterhouseCooper’s tax department.

    Kawamoto has printed over 2,000 shirts for groups at SCU and other schools, and donates a portion of the proceeds toward raising $5,000 for the charity:water organization, which works on what Kawamoto calls the “oftentimes overlooked crisis” of clean water access worldwide.

    Daniel Aguiar, director of entrepreneurship programs at the Leavey School of Business, says entrepreneurship is picking up at SCU, with a rise in membership in the student club, a strong increase in internship opportunities at startups around Silicon Valley, and a revamped CIE to help with resources and classes.

    “The potential has always been here for significant entrepreneurship taking root here at SCU,” said Aguiar. “I think the years ahead are going to be very exciting for SCU-grown entrepreneurs.” 

    May 31, 2011

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