June 19, 2007

Students Choose Business Classes Over the Beach

There was one nursing student, a recent graduate with his eye on dentistry and a lot of liberal arts majors. Together, these 14 non-business majors gathered at Neeley for four weeks of their summer vacation to learn the business skills needed to make it big in the real world.

For the second summer, the ACHIEVE Summer Business Institute drew non-business students from TCU and other universities to spend part of their summer days learning the ins and outs of business.

"I couldn't sign up for business classes because I'm not a business major, so I signed up for this and it gave me the insight and skills to go out into the real world," said William Woodall, an '07 graduate in chemistry who is on his way to Australia to pursue his Ph.D.

For Erica Savage, an Ad/PR major, the sales and negotiation classes helped her reach her clientele as a sales representative.

"Let's face it, it's a business world out there," she said, adding that her future goal is to be an entrepreneur.

Courtney Gonzales, a nursing major, enjoyed the different issues and taking the knowledge and skills they learned and applying them. It also made her think about getting an MBA at Neeley.

The program began with a leadership and team-building cooking exercise, then included classes on marketing, accounting, supply chain, finance, ethics, global business, PowerPoint, leadership, information management, strategy, entrepreneurship, business law and economics. It also incorporated trips to areas businesses and presentations by guest speakers. 

Matt Gamble took the course last year and recently emailed his gratitude for the experience.

"I thank the Neeley School of Business and those in charge of the Summer Business Institute for doing such a good job in preparing me for a future in the business world a year ago," he wrote. "I recently started working for the Bostick Financial Group of the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network as a Financial Representative here in Fort Worth and am really excited about the opportunity for success. But much of my excitement comes knowing that I really owe a debt of gratitude to those folks who came in during their summer to talk to a bunch of non-business-minded students in a brand new program at TCU."


Elaine Cole
Public Relations Manager
Neeley School of Business at TCU