For much of Wilmington College’s history, local businesses viewed students simply as potential customers. Today, many of those students are also considered as partners in the businesses’ success — and vice versa.
Wilmington College has established a new minor, Sustainability, that will officially debut in fall 2013. It features an interdisciplinary curriculum with 12 hours in agriculture courses and a dozen hours of electives, from across the academic spectrum, designed to dovetail with a student’s career interests.
A semester of collaborations between Wilmington College students and area organizations culminated this week with presentations of products and services that will likely become standard operating procedure.
Ellen Novar is teaching a course in sport marketing at Wilmington College. She recently had her students come to class wearing their favorite teams’ apparel. The exercise revealed how they themselves are consumers of sport marketing.
Wilmington College senior Edmund Besong and four local residents from other colleges and universities are in the midst of sharing their expertise with non-profit and business entities as part of the Clinton County Fellows program.
While Wilmington College’s educational and cultural contributions to the community’s quality of life might be more apparent, the College’s role as an economic driver in Clinton County cannot be denied. The College had a total economic impact of $29.8 million in 2010.