Eleven years ago, Fanshawe College created the Community Consultants program at the Lawrence Kinlin School of Business with one goal in mind:
To create a comprehensive and logical program that benefits students through experiential learning practices.
The rest is history.
Now, over 200 clients (such as 3M and Info-Tech Research Group) have partnered with the Lawrence Kinlin School of Business to obtain strategic advice, research and recommendations from
top students in third-year graduate-level business programs.
A one to 12 teacher-to-student ratio in each program ensures students get suitable guidance and leadership, with an additional off-campus facility available at their disposal 24/7.
In the first week, students meet with a smallto medium-sized business, not-for-profit or public organization who desire the strategic insight these extraordinary students can provide, including:
• Comprehensive marketing plans
• Market research and analysis
• Risk and operations management
As well, students offer new-media strategies and eMarketing solutions that can significantly grow a business’ reach and recognition. In turn, clients offer remarkable opportunities (such as company rebranding), that enrich student learning through business-world experience.
“Since 2007, the Kinlin School of Business has proudly offered the ultimate experiential learning experience known as the Community Consultancy. This six hour/week course selects and employs 12 students in a real world business consulting experience whereby they work as a group to help businesses in our local community solve problems or realize opportunities,” says Mike Tucker, Coordinator of Research and Community Partnerships, Lawrence Kinlin School of Business.
Not all who apply are accepted, resulting in Community Consultants being a competitive and highly-skilled program in terms of student performance.
Clients are overwhelmingly impressed with the work of the students resulting in reference letters or even job offers. Businesses find success with strategic insights from the worlds of accounting, international business, human resources and marketing/advertising.
New business owners and managers also develop essential skills in team building, marketing and working with an outside organization. Fanshawe College’s Kinlin School of Business continues to produce accomplished graduates who are in high demand by employers or ready to achieve their own entrepreneurial success… anywhere in the world.