Experiential Learning Opportunities
Think learning stops at the Scott-Shipp classroom door? Not any longer! Several initiatives are underway within the department to use the world as our classroom. The basis of these experiential learning initiatives have been in place for many years, with the Cadet Investment Group for those interested in finance and trips to the Richmond Federal Reserve to get an up-close view of economic workings of US policy. On the domestic front, many cadets participate in internships with companies throughout the US. Top firms, such as Booz-Allen, Bloomberg, Owens and Minor, and Ernst and Young, among many others, employ cadets to work on real life business projects where the cadets put their classroom knowledge to the test.
This year, the EC/BU department expanded into international business-focused study abroad, with an initial trip over Christmas furlough to Chile. As part of a course titled “The Chilean Miracle: International Marketing and Business,” eight cadets and five students from VA Tech, lead by Col. Joe Scarpaci, travelled to Chile not only to learn about economics and business, but also about the country’s culture. During the 12-day trip, the group met with business firms, non-governmental organizations, non-profit agencies, and the staff of the US Embassy, and also visited the Chilean Military School and cultural attractions. Upon their return, the students selected topics for a final paper and are concluding their study of the Chilean economy through research the VMI cadets presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 1, 2010. Future efforts by ECBU include a Concentration in Global Business that will allow students to explore in-depth the business trends of worldwide globalization.