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Program Overview: Building Your Business Portfolio

Academic coursework alone is inadequate preparation for a successful career in business. As a result, the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration has instituted the Building Your Business Portfolio program. The goal of the program is for students to become more marketable post-graduation through acquiring additional business credentials, skills, knowledge and practical experiences. The program is also designed to give students the opportunity to become more connected and engaged both on and off campus and to gain an overall more fulfilling university experience. Successful completion of all components of the Building Your Business Portfolio program is a requirement for graduation within the Wall College of Business.

 As part of the program, students are required to attend Professional Development Activities (PDAs). Each semester, the Wall Center for Excellence establishes a calendar of approved PDAs available to students. These activities include professional development workshops that help students develop and improve specific skills, such as time management, personal finance, leadership, interpersonal management, delivering effective presentations, resume writing and behavior-based interviewing techniques. A variety of additional activities may be offered including guest speakers, leadership programs, service projects, business competitions, conferences and field experiences. While some of the PDAs are useful to all Wall College students, other PDAs are targeted to students with more specific career interests. Consequently, students have the flexibility to select PDAs that are specific to their interests. Students may also request that alternative activities or events be included as a PDA by petitioning the Wall Center for Excellence  and showing relevance of the activity and/or event. Students should select and participate in at least one (1) PDA from the list provided on the website each semester.

In addition to completing the required coursework associated with each degree offered within the Wall College, students are required to attend a minimum of nine (9) unique events over the course of their academic career within the Wall College of Business.

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