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LMC students Vance Hostetter, Deanna Crone, Alex Brannon and Andrew Moorefield at work on the AC PRIDE social networking project.



Originally published: 2014-02-12 19:55:58
Last modified: 2014-02-12 19:57:14

LMC business students get hands-on experience at AC PRIDE

Caroline Harris / (caroline.harris@averyjournal.com)

If you’re lucky, you might snag an internship before you graduate from college, but it will probably consist of manning the copier and getting coffee. Fortunately for Lees-McRae seniors, they have the opportunity to gain real-world experience in their field through a new partnership with AC PRIDE business incubator.

Interim chair of the Lees-McRae Business Administration Division Amy Anderson Taylor said that the senior project is a chance to test classroom knowledge in action.

“All of our seniors are required to do a major capstone project before the end of their time here. I have four students who have been working with the incubator.

If we can get our students over there, helping to teach classes on bookkeeping, social media, marketing, management, developing HR handbooks, we can get the students doing the hands-on work that they’re learning in the classroom. Students learn best by doing. That’s my goal. To give them a true outlet to put their knowledge to the test, which will then benefit the tenants that are in the incubator, in my opinion,” Taylor said.

The business students and LMC hope to positively impact Avery County through their project rather than test theories on paper.

“Most of the other projects are imaginary business and we get actual experience, which is a huge benefit,” senior Vance Hostetter said.


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