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Miami PRIME can help non-FSB majors get needed credits, skills


April 2018

Jay Murdock

When the spring term ends at Miami University, most students leave town for jobs, internships, home, or travel.

But those who stick around could use four of those summer weeks to complete their thematic sequence, take on a degree requirement, or pick up some business skills that can help them in any future career.

“No matter what job they’re in, they need business principles,” associate professor Dr. Jon Grenier explained.

Miami PRIME (Professional Institute for Management Education), an intensive program for non-business majors, runs from May 29 to June 22.

The program is designed to give non-business students a fundamental grounding in business education and an opportunity to develop abilities such as working in teams, leadership, critical thinking, and effective communication.

The classes can also help with other aspects of the students’ work life.

“It helps them sharpen their professional image. There’s resume workshops, mock interviews, networking events with real employers,” Grenier said. “They actually work with Cintas on a project as well.”

The classes are three-hour morning and afternoon sessions every weekday, covering parts of the degree programs that the Farmer School of Business offers.

“It has to be intense to get nine credit hours in four weeks,” Grenier noted.

The nine credit hours earned in the program covers the non-major thematic sequence requirement, as well as half of the credit hours needed for a general business minor.

“There’s four degrees where it fulfills major degree requirements - sports leadership and management, arts management, and the fashion co-major. So we enroll a lot of those students because of that,” Grenier said. “Otherwise, it’s a pretty broad range of students from across campus.”

About 50 to 60 students participate each year in the program, which has been offered for more than a decade.

The application and additional information is available here. The sign up deadline is Friday, May 4.

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