Babson College is putting yet another twist on entrepreneurship, providing classes for students, by students. Every spring semester, the school offers five courses taught by seniors, covering topics they are passionate about but won’t find on the traditional syllabus. According to the College’s website, the classes are incredibly popular, but how could they not be? I spy one called “The Food Truck Industry.” Yes, please!
Taught by Spencer Hughes, “The Food Truck Industry” actually takes the recent economic issues our country is facing and shows how they’ve impacted the restaurant industry. Hughes writes, “Restaurateurs and chefs have to get creative and find new ways to spur business and stay profitable,” and he says the answer to some of their woes is food trucks.
Deeper discussions will center around government and health regulations, as well as the types of food trucks that exist, an overall business strategy and dietary needs of consumers. The best part? The class will end in an offsite visit into the city of Boston so students can experience the food truck life for themselves. If they visit Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, we hope that we’re invited to tag along.
Before trying to make any sales on board the designated food truck, perhaps students should take Amanda Greenslet’s “Basic Theater Concepts’ Application to Business” class. Greenslet says the seminar will focus on basic theater concepts and how those concepts could be applied to different business settings, specifically presentations. At the end of the course, students should be able to engage any audience regardless of the subjects they’re covering, and “fluidly move around the presentation area, especially in group settings.”
When in group settings, however, there’s more to presentations than you just doing the talking. Lecturers need to be able to stir a conversation, and in Kaitlyn Carmel’s “Apathy to Action: Passion and Movement” course, she’ll be doing just that. Designed to “encourage thought-provoking conversation on student social and political apathy,” the course will work toward identifying the class’s definition of action and how it’s evolved due to changes in society, culture and technology.
The course will end in what Carmel defines as “an action-based and passion-motivated awareness campaign of the students’ choosing, dependent upon the passion we’re able to stir within ourselves as we dig deep into the social and environmental factors that shape our engagement with that around us.”
For those interested in Carmel’s class, they’ll also be intrigued by Francesca Sagripanti’s course called “Exploring CSR in a For-Profit World.” Standing for “Corporate Social Responsibility,” the seminar is meant to help students understand the CSR programs of various businesses and how they’ve impacted their business model. At the end of the semester, the class should be able to successfully analyze a CSR program and understand how to build one.
Perhaps one of the most crucial classes is John Gesimondo’s “App Development for Entrepreneurs.” Everyone’s expected to know how to code these days, and in Gesimondo’s class, students will learn the foundation of Ruby on Rails (ROR). Notable RoR projects include Twitter, Groupon and Hulu, and after a quick introduction to the program, the class will use the remainder of their seminar to create their first web app: a shopping cart application.
Can I sign up? I could definitely use some extra coding classes.
Photo courtesy of Babson College/Hugh MacLeod