WCU students have participated in internships in Manufacturing, IT, Fund Development, Accounting and Finance, and Program Services. Students have applied the theories and practices in their career paths and benefitted from working with experienced WBV staff. WBV has received valuable support for needed projects and programs where resources were unavailable.
MBA Level projects
WCU MBA teams have provided analysis and recommendations on high-level projects. One team executed a high-level analysis using a tool called SEAM. It consists of internal and external studies for growth, cost, and market development opportunities. Another team performed an IT plan that addressed cloud and sourcing strategy, internet strategy, systems and software, and security and disaster recovery.
Capstone projects allow students to integrate engineering training with project management skills. Interdisciplinary student teams tackle open-ended, real-world problems for industry partners.
WCU served as the host site for Project SEARCH, a WBV program that prepares young people with significant disabilities to succeed in competitive integrated employment.
The Rapid Center
The College of Engineering and Technology at WCU partners with businesses, industry, and entrepreneurs to develop new products and processes through The Rapid Center at Western Carolina University’s research and development center on the Cullowhee campus. The facility offers unmatched resources in the region, including high-tech engineering labs and equipment and accomplished faculty members with decades of combined experience in R&D. These examples highlight the relationship that WBV and WCU have shared over the years. Another benefit of having an excellent university so close is that WCU graduates join the WBV team and contribute to the organization’s mission. We currently have four WCU grads on staff, and I am proud to say that I am a WCU alumnus – Go Cats!
Joe Rigdon, CEO