TCU business students are applying lessons they learn in the classroom to real world settings by helping organizations in the Fort Worth community.
The service learning projects have been a part of the Neeley School of Business curriculum for about six years. Randy Lewis, management professor at TCU, and David Gras, entrepreneurship professor at TCU, started it.
The service learning projects allow students to test skills such as management, marketing and negotiating by working with organizations in need of those skills.
“It changes some boring material to interactive material,” Lewis said. “That is usually more fun for the students.”
At the beginning of the semester students enrolled in the classes are given a list of organizations to select from to perform their service learning project.
The organizations include: Fort Worth Catholic Church, Community Food Bank, Dunbar High School, Impossible Possibilities, Creative Arts Center, Como Community Center, The Adera Foundation, and Generation Hope.
“I like that students start to understand how to strategically use the material they are learning in the classroom while having impact in the community,” Lewis said.
Cameron Sadler, a teacher at Dunbar High School, said he appreciates TCU students helping his students on their business projects.
“It sort of removes the box of a classroom,” Sadler said. “That hands on experience and real world experience creates a lot of value for Dunbar students.”
Alexa Aragonez, a junior double major in political science and communication studies, is a student in Lewis’ Survey of Management class. Aragonez helps out at Dunbar High School.
“We are bringing our management skills into a classroom where the students are working on different business projects and we are there to guide them and take their ideas and implement them in the real world,” Aragonez said.
Mayor Betsy Price spoke to the students about the importance of service projects and commitment to the Fort Worth community.
Price said, “They will always remember that a TCU frog was there to help them.”