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By: Randy Gibb, PhD
Dean of Colangelo College of Business

Business schools are often targeted for not properly preparing college graduates for the future. For decades, universities have been providing the same, and for the most part, appropriate business tools necessary for their graduates to land that first job. Yet, as standards continue to rise and the business world becomes more complex, colleges need to do more. Business schools will not only have to adapt to what the industry is demanding, but also to what students and graduates want out of their college education and career preparation. To meet their needs, schools have to prioritize a values-based curriculum and cultivate a sense of purpose within the classroom and beyond.

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The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) degree at Grand Canyon University prepares students who holds a BS in Accounting to take the Uniform CPA Exam. While completing their coursework, students learn about the legalities involved in accounting, as well as expand their knowledge of economics and public accounting practices. The capstone project related to the coursework is focused on helping graduates preparing for the CPA exam. Once students pass the exam, they can work as certified public accountants (CPAs).

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Networking is important for virtually every worker across every industry. The utilization of a robust professional network can help individuals accelerate their careers and find the right opportunities. As a business student, you’ll need to have the tools to grow your professional network.

Check out the tips on how to network below:

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By Shannon Walker
President of the Canyon Business Club, Colangelo College of Business

As many business students know, being a “business major” is a very broad field of study. Unlike other majors such as nursing, pre-med or education, there isn’t a clear or direct career path that will lead you to a specific job. While this can be a liberating feeling, it can also be overwhelming. But what can help, is knowing that you’re not alone. Canyon Business Club is a network of driven business students that are going through it all together.

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GCU students always bring their A-game and this past spring was no exception. In February of 2018, a group of students from GCU’s Colangelo College of Business banded together to put on GCU’s second annual TEDx conference. This committee of students include Dominic Pachuillo, Laura Arnold, Josh McGuire, Marco Burgarello, Julia Sena, Elijah Kattke, Brandon Orozco, Justin McLean, Emma Harris, Konno Bennet and Jedidiah Woods.

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The Academic and Career Excellence Centers (ACE) and Strategic Employer Initiatives and Internships (SEI) partnered with the Colangelo College of Business to help students prepare for career fairs. This workshop was attended by more than 100 students on September 12. Representatives Ann Williams and Aysha Bell spoke on the importance of making a strong first impression when interacting with employers at networking events, job and internship fairs. Williams and Bell also offered students tips on how build a strong resume, interview effectively and utilize the Career Connections tool available to help students find employment opportunities.

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By Dr. Randy Gibb
Dean, Colangelo College of Business

Capitalism and free market principles have brought more people out of poverty and created a world that is more prosperous than ever before.

For this reason, our business college is proud of the impact our students and graduates are having on the community as they create and capture economic value while learning about business as a force for good. Business is about solving problems and providing a good, product or service that helps people’s lives — while elevating humanity.

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