Business boot camp open to students

Business boot camp open to students

The Neeley School of Business opened applications for its summer business certification program that aims to teach students basic business skills in a three-week crash course.

Laura Meade, professor of supply chain management, said the ACHIEVE program was a good opportunity for students from all majors to not only gain basic knowledge about finance, marketing and business law, but also to develop their career skills.

“The program was a great opportunity for me to gain an understanding of what I needed to do in order to be successful when I enter the business world,” junior communications major Kyle Keeley said.

ACHIEVE is open to junior and senior non-business majors or business minors from any university and is held in the Neeley School of Business, Meade said.

The program seeks to combine academic business concepts with leadership and career skill building. Students are helped with resume building, interview skills and given access to network with business professionals, Meade said.

She added that the program includes a career day where students can have practice interviews with a company professional.

To complete the program, students work on a team project that highlights the skills they have learned throughout the course. At the end of the three-week program, students present their project to a panel of professors and business people, Meade said.

Upon completion of the program, students will receive a business certificate from the Neeley School, Meade said.

The program is offered from May 28 through June 14.

In the eight years the program has been running, ACHIEVE has granted approximately 100 students with business certificates. The program aims to keep class sizes to around 20 students in order to ensure the students receive "hands on attention," Meade said.

Scholarships are available for students upon application, Meade said.

To find the application visit Applications are due by April 30 for an early bird registration discount.