Appleton (Wisconsin) Post Crescent: More college students looking at entrepreneurship
Fremont resident Casey Miller is confident five years from now she will have her own business.
Since she enjoys cooking, it likely will be a restaurant or bakery. But unlike many other entrepreneurs before her, she doesn’t intend to just seek a bank loan, find a place to set up shop and hope it succeeds.
Miller, 20, has been gaining real-world experience as a cook the past five years at the Hotel Fremont. In the spring, she will graduate from Fox Valley Technical College with an associate’s degree in business management with an entrepreneurial emphasis. Enrollment in the program, which currently totals 78 students, has risen 20 percent in the past three years.
“I’ve always known that I wanted to have my own business, but I know to be successful, you have to go about it the right way,” said Miller, who plans to earn another degree at FVTC in culinary arts within the next two years. “I just don’t want to jump into something.”
The nation’s colleges are responding to the growing interest among students like Miller who aspire to be entrepreneurs. The Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership reports that more than 1,500 colleges and universities offer some sort of entrepreneurship training today.There are more than 100 university-based entrepreneurship centers across the country and more than 270 endowed positions in entrepreneurship, a 120 percent increase during the past five years, the Kauffman Center said.
Across northeastern Wisconsin, plenty of educational options exist for people interested in focusing their college experience on what it takes to launch a business.
Lakeland College offers an undergraduate class in entrepreneurial management as part of a business management major.The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay this year began offering a 12-credit, four-course entrepreneurship certificate program to its undergraduates. Nineteen students enrolled — several more than the college was expecting for a new program