AGEC Student’s Leadership as ENTR Ambassador
Written by Kendell Combs
(Senior; Applied Agricultural Economics; Danville, IN) learned about the ENTR certificate program during a freshman introductory class. Caroline wanted to get involved with something that would complement her degree, so she signed up for the first required class, Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She really enjoyed the material, so she went on to take the second required class which was Marketing and Management for New Ventures. After the completion of that class, Caroline spoke with her professor about wanting to join the ENTR ambassador team. She was then put into contact with Rita Baker, a coordinating academic advisor for the program, and was later selected as an ambassador. The Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation requires 5 classes: the two mentioned above, two option courses, and a capstone.
Caroline strategically chose two option courses and a capstone that would fulfill her AGEC degree requirement as well as the certificate. Caroline has enjoyed the platform as an ENTR Ambassador to speak about the certificate program with high school students and those who are admitted to Purdue University. Through this position, she has learned that there is a growing number of prospective students who are looking for a university that provides some sort of curriculum regarding entrepreneurship. Her favorite part has been speaking to students who have a wide variety of majors and explaining to them how the certificate program can complement their current degree regardless of the major they are pursuing.
As an ENTR Ambassador, Caroline was invited to President Daniel’s home to listen to a keynote business speaker who was visiting campus. Caroline said that this is a “great program and is applicable to all majors! It especially fits well into AGEC.”
To learn more about the certificate program, you can visit: https://www.purdue.edu/entr/.