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Kelley School to offer summer academy for undergraduates

IU’s Kelley School of Business announced it will offer a summer academy for undergraduate students from visiting colleges and universities who are seeking to enhance their career-building skills. The core of the program begins June 10 and will occur during a timespan of three weeks.

“The Art of Business summer academy is designed to show students of the liberal arts how the education that they are already getting, when supplemented appropriately, provides them with the skills that they need to be successful in business or any organizational setting,” said John Talbott, the program’s co-director and assistant director of the Center for Education and Research in Retailing, in a press release.

In the press release, Brenda McNellen, a lecturer of communication, professional and computer skills, said most liberal arts colleges choose not to include career skills courses and that these skills are crucial for future success.

“Our program is designed to provide a sense of vocation, help them to fluently speak the language of business and learn the skills that will make them marketable and promotable,” Talbott said.

Dean of the Kelley School of Business Dan Smith said the program attracts a wide variety of students from a multitude of fields.

“Business is an umbrella profession that looks for leaders from all walks of life and professions, such as medicine, engineering, the sciences and liberal arts,” Smith said in the press release. “While Kelley offers joint degree programs for students enrolled in other schools of medicine, law and engineering, this is a unique initiative for students in the liberal arts, not only for those from Indiana University, but from around the globe.”

Kelley faculty will be staffed on the teaching side of the program.

“This will be an exciting leadership program from a top-ranked business school and another offering that meets our mission to transform people and society through education,” Smith said.

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