Organizational Problem Solving

students on an internshipsThis unique course will require students to solve real-world problems. Led and mentored by a faculty member, students will work in teams with a successful local organization (listed below) to come up with dynamic solutions to organizational and business challenges.

The OPS courses will require students to be creative in their approaches while learning to work cooperatively. It will bolster each student's interview, resume writing and presentation skills, as well as research techniques and business etiquette. Students will choose from the organizations listed below. Enrollment in particular sections working with particular organizations, as well as enrollment in the course overall, may be limited, so those who deposit early for the Accelerated Summer College may be more likely to get their first choice.

Upon completion, OPS students will have strong professional connections with a reputable local organizations, an impressive resume item, and a solid knowledge base to take into any future employment.

Learn more about the organizations you will have an opportunity to work with:

BU 117 S - Market Research
Instructor: Robert Letovsky

The OPS sections that partner with profit-making businesses will give students an exposure to the realities of contemporary organizations and to the skills and knowledge needed to make an impact on these organizations.  Working in teams, students will take on the role of external consultants, meeting with representatives from a client organization and then conducting research on an assigned challenge.  The project will culminate in a presentation of recommendations to the client. As in all the OPS sections, students will also learn career-relevant competencies, including preparation of impactful resumes, cover letters, and interviewing skills.

BU 117 T - The Business of Responding to Poverty  
Instructor: Heidi St. Peter

Students will explore firsthand a local non-profit and its approach to alleviating poverty through education, community building, and direct assistance in Vermont.  In the classroom, students will examine the complexities of poverty in Vermont and experience a variety of programmatic responses from local organizations through tours, interviews, and volunteer opportunities.   Students will conduct varied research for the administration of one non-profit and work on a project related to programming, development (fund raising), or marketing for this organization.  Students will present findings and creative solutions to the staff.  

BU 117 U - Wilderness Photography
Instructor: Jerald Swope

This digital-based photography section of OPS will explore the methods and artistry of outdoor, adventure photography and multimedia storytelling. Through the analysis of historical and contemporary work, students will develop the technical skills and creative approaches necessary for documenting recreational and adventure sports pursued in the natural world. Additionally, in the experiential learning component of this class, students will be responsible for creating multimedia marketing presentations for Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. By the end of the class, students will be proficient in the following Adobe programs: Photoshop, Audition and Premiere.

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