Columbus Rotary and Franklin University have partnered to offer this year’s Rotary Enterprise Academy. Thirty-five Columbus Public high school students, representing the largest class since the academy was introduced in 2002, will begin classes today, Jan. 22, 2018. Hosted at Franklin, students will attend the nine week, two and a half hour class to learn about the free enterprise system, as well as earn credit toward a degree at Franklin.
The Columbus Rotary Club launched the Enterprise Academy as an opportunity for Columbus City School juniors and seniors to learn about free enterprise. Over 250 students have graduated from this program over the past 15 years.
This year’s sessions will be lead by Franklin University professor Perry Maughmer and will include visits by central Ohio business professionals who will share their insight into business. Students will add to their classroom learning with field experiences in weeks six and seven, hosted in teams by area businesses and Columbus Rotarians. During these company visits, the students will study company mission statements, organizational structures, marketing practices and other concepts discussed in the classroom sessions.
The Rotary Enterprise Academy will culminate with students delivering group presentations on Monday, March 19. In the presentation session, students will share with the audience and the other student groups what they learned in their field experience. This session marked the completion of this year’s program at which time students will receive a certificate representing one credit from Franklin University.
Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at over 25 Midwest locations and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.
Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.