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Catawba Students Experience Real World in Spring 2015 Experiential Learning Class

May 26, 2015

Category: Academics, Business & Economics, Events, Students


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 Front Row, L-R: Zhaquondalee' Greer, Catawba Career Services Director Robin Perry, Rachel Rudisill, Anna Barnes, Dr. Renee Just; Back Row: John Tuttle, Matt Hardman, Robert Carpenter, Tyler Hamilton, Riley Weber and Trevor Meadows

 From a family doctor's practice, to a golf club in Gettysburg, Pa., Catawba College students presented their internships for the Experiential Learning Class in the Ketner School of Business recently. Their presentations were the final requirement for the course that teaches life skills during the course of the internships to give students "real world" experience and advice. Seven seniors and two juniors made presentations and were critiqued for their presentation skills, knowledge, creative skills (they had to use Pecha Kucha or Prezi for their presentations) and communication.

Anna Barnes, a senior from Atlanta, Ga., presented her work with the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA), stating that she gained tremendous insight into what it takes to run a non-profit organization and the importance of fundraising and networking.

Robert Carpenter of Charlotte had a good experience with Fastenal, Inc., and relayed their history and the fact that today there are 2700 stores nationwide.

Using her integrated marketing skills, Zhaquondalee' Greer of Greensboro handled assignments from new banner design to helping create slide shows for the Catawba Sports Information Department.

Tyler Hamilton of Charlotte found that working for the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce exposed him to not only the inner workings of the chamber business, but also to a valuable network of business owners. He enjoyed researching other chambers and creating ideas to boost membership.

Top ranked golfer for the Catawba team, Matt Hardman of Gettysburg, Pa., told about his internship at the Links in Gettysburg where he worked both with the General Manager and the Golf Pro. He will be working there full time after graduation.

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 Catawba senior Trevor Meadows (left) with Nick Goodman, Director of Business Affairs, Nazareth Children's Home

Trevor Meadows of Salisbury spent his spring semester internship at Nazareth Children's Home in the accounting area. He not only learned the business side of a non-profit, but also the impressive and valuable mission that is NCH.

Rachel Rudisill of Gastonia experienced a business start -up when she worked at Fit Girl Charlotte, a personal training, fitness events company. She was able to have input in the marketing on-line aspect of this fairly new business, and her ideas proved successful.

At Finish Line, the athletic shoe retailer, Riley Weber of Salisbury was able to go through training and serve as assistant manager, learning first-hand the importance of good communications and customer service in the retail industry.

John Tuttle of Kannapolis worked in his father's medical practice handling the medical billing, insurance and other operations tasks. He gained great insight into how a small business is run and how important time management is.

Each of these students agreed the value of internships is tremendous.   Robin Perry, Director of Career Services and Dr. Renee Just taught the class.