It is uncommon for an undergraduate school of business to have exciting hands-on opportunities for students to gain real-world experience outside of the classroom. However, Valpo College of Business undergraduates now have the opportunity of a lifetime to learn more about the business world by partnering with Whirlpool Corporation and applying their skills toward an authentic and challenging situation.
On Wednesday February 15, 2012, students enrolled in the capstone business strategy course met with executives from Whirlpool Corporation; Supply Chain Director Chris Richards, e-Commerce B2C Manager Lindsay Kritzer, and Communications Specialist Theresa Funk; to discuss the inner workings of the business. These students have been assigned a real-world problem facing the company. In this case, students are working in groups to provide Whirlpool with a Millennium generation perspective on a major new strategic initiative. The best teams will be able to visit the Whirlpool World Corporation Headquarters in Benton Harbor, Michigan to present their plans to the corporation executives.
Senior Heather Halub reveals her thoughts about the course: “I think this class is a great opportunity for real world experience right before graduation. The connections and experiences working with Whirlpool has provided and will continue to provide throughout the semester are extremely helpful. It's also a good way to apply many of the classes we have taken to the business world, and I feel that this project will greatly benefit all of us involved.” It is a great honor for the College of Business at Valparaiso University to be able to give students the opportunity to gain such excellent experience.