Kent State Entrepreneurship department growth, restructure lead to more businesses
Kent State’s Entrepreneurship department has seen large growth over the past five years. This led to more faculty, and a greater student success rate. TV2’s Robert Carroll with the story.
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The Entrepreneurship Department at Kent State has seen at least a 1,000-student enrollment increase in the past five years. This has led to an increased demand for more faculty, and course capacity’s being filled.
Jake Wolfe, CEO of Wolfecon Cushioning Solutions, is one of the students that has experienced the growth of the department. Being a junior entrepreneurship major, he has seen the classes fill up over time.
“Since coming in as a freshman, the classes have definitely become more full,” said Wolfe.
With the increase in enrollment, there has also been an increase in the faculty demand.
“We have added more faculty with more specializations,” said Craig Zamary, professor of entrepreneurship. The increase has a more recently effect, also. Working with the Kent State Commercialization department, students will get help with licensing technology, Zamary said.
With commercialization help, it will allow students with great ideas get their patents and license out there in the market. The entrepreneurship department is currently beginning to actively pursue this interest.
With added faculty and the restructuring, and outreach of the department to other parts of campus – the program is successfully expanding.
I think our generation just likes the idea of having their own source of income. -Jake Wolfe, Junior Entrepreneurship Major
“I think our generation just likes the idea of having their own source of income,” said Wolfe.
In the age of youthful entrepreneurship, a greater demand for education in the field is upcoming. So for the new freshmen coming in this fall, they will be placed in great hands in the entrepreneurship department.
“Just go for it. If you have an idea, do the market research…then go for it.”