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Higher ed institutions can work more effectively and closely with disabled students who have entrepreneurial goals, writes Diego Mariscal, who founded a nonprofit start-up accelerator for business owners with disabilities while still in school. He recommends three actions to help.
Bunker Hill Community College in Boston redesigned its introductory and first-year seminar courses to incorporate career exploration and skill identification among students, raising confidence among learners.
Tennessee Tech University established a partnership with a local environmental cleanup organization focused on career-readiness for engineering students to work in eastern Tennessee.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers junior and senior student leaders the opportunity to be formally mentored by members of the Board of Trustees, providing networking and professional development opportunities.
A Babson College alumnus developed a peer-led program aimed at preparing sophomores with needed technical and soft skill development to break into the field.
Women at Scripps College learn the fundamentals of financial literacy from alumnae, plus participate in a salary negotiation workshop led by career services staff—building confidence while providing perspective on what to expect.
The University of Texas at San Antonio’s experiential learning program partners students from various majors with local businesses to help find solutions to real-world issues.