​AGEC student finds passion as Entrepreneurship Certificate Program Ambassador

Written by Kendell Combs, Junior, Agribusiness Management & Agricultural Communication

When Mitchell Jordan (Junior; Commodity Marketing; Richmond, IN) was looking at Purdue, he felt drawn to the various programs offered to further develop undergraduate students. It was recommended to him that he investigate the entrepreneurship certificate program, which is like a minor consisting of two introductory classes, two focus classes usually within your major field of study, and a capstone course. He thoroughly enjoyed the introductory classes, and during his second class, ENTR 310, Mitchell was selected by the professor as a candidate to be an ambassador for the program. 

His professor recommended him to the academic advisor for the program, Rita Baker. It was in their meeting that Mitchell found himself immediately on board with this idea. Since Mitchell has been a member of this team, which includes about 20 students of different majors and varying classifications, he has been helped Rita and Kasie Roberson, the marketing and communications specialist for the program, to get information about the certificate out to the student body and prospective high school students. So far, Mitchell has attended meetings to discuss how to better present the necessary information, worked info booths at the fall preview days for high school students to generate interest, and attended undergrad club functions to relay information about getting involved. 

“If you have any interest in entrepreneurship, connections you can gain and resources to add to your back pocket are everything.” Mitchell has met many students outside of the college of agriculture with similar entrepreneurial interests of his but with very different backgrounds. Through this, he has made connections that will be valuable down the road and learned more about the entrepreneurship department at Purdue, which is one of the best independent undergrad ENTR departments across the nation. 

Coming to realize all the resources that the ENTR department can offer and how to use those to his advantage to move towards accomplishing my goals has been incredibly valuable to Mitchell. “If I had any advice for anyone who thinks that they would one day be interested in business ownership, a start-up, or even would just like to diversify their way of thinking, investigate taking ENTR 200 and work towards adding an entrepreneurship certificate to your transcript.” Mitchell’s favorite part of being an ambassador is working alongside Rita, Kasie, and the other ambassadors for the program. “I will add that every aspect of helping out with the duties of the ambassadors is on a 100% voluntary basis, and for every event there are members willing to help, and that just goes to show the dedication and selflessness of the team.”  He said that every one of his team members are ambitious, personable, and destined to succeed. Mitchell truly feels honored to be included as a member of such an outstanding ENTR team and is thankful for the leadership development it has provided him with.

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