Now more than ever, higher education institutions have a responsibility to actively engage in activities that promote community economic development while providing students with skills-based opportunities.
Recognizing this responsibility and acting on it is a top priority at UNM Anderson School of Management, which is why we created our Office of Business and Community Engagement. It is through our efforts to engage employers and our community, locally and regionally, that we seek to enrich learners at all levels and create opportunities for growth for the communities we serve.
Anderson serves the university and the community in many ways, most importantly connecting the resources of New Mexico’s flagship business school to our local economy. We provide opportunities for local businesses to hire interns and facilitate classroom projects in partnership with local businesses, entrepreneurs and faculty members. Additionally, we provide access to learning opportunities for community members looking to develop or develop to prepare for change or career growth.
It is estimated that over the next 10 years, 50% of workers will find their skills insufficient. In response to growing trends in skills-based training and micro-degrees relevant to specific industries, Anderson has created several new programs to educate those not traditionally addressed in the post-secondary education landscape. Here are four opportunities businesses can take advantage of to improve the skills of their current employees and expand their employee base through student assistance.
Access to vocational training: The market for these services reached $ 10 billion in 2020 and Anderson is committed to providing access to these offerings for our local market and beyond. We have developed a valuable and engaging set of executive and professional training courses to meet these needs, including micro-accreditations in digital marketing, business analysis, entrepreneurship, and human resource management.
Hire personalized training: Anderson also offers personalized leadership training solutions for any business looking to create a dedicated session for their employees. Personalized training can be tailored to the specific needs of our business and nonprofit community partners, providing a valuable and highly personalized option for employee leadership training.
Connect your business with student interns and micro-interns: In addition to supporting our community businesses with training and employment opportunities, it’s Anderson’s mission to connect them with our talented students who are eager to engage with local businesses.
We strive to provide them with opportunities to engage with the business community and have created an internship program that benefits both our students and the local economy. The Anderson-facilitated internships offer employers the option of hiring a student for a semester or academic year to give them a realistic overview of the job so they can assess the fit of their skills and aspirations to those sought by the organization.
We recognize that some companies cannot commit to hiring interns but may still need short-term assistance. We can connect these companies with students who want to do micro-internships: projects for a single student lasting five to 40 hours or classroom projects led by an instructor.
Benefit from support for business development: Anderson has a significant impact on business development. Now under Anderson’s umbrella, the UNM Academy of Innovation has helped form nearly 150 student income-generating businesses over the past five years. These companies range from dorm room e-commerce businesses to biotech start-ups and have raised more than $ 2 million from outside investors.
Likewise, the Small Business Institute provides our student body support to emerging small businesses. Community members can work with the Small Business Institute on solutions to their pressing problems, consulting projects, or scaling up advice. Recognizing the impact of small businesses in our community is a cornerstone of our community engagement, and these opportunities provide our students with rich opportunities to apply their learning in the classroom.
New Mexicans serving New Mexico businesses are essential to the success of our shared economy. Anderson wants to be the conduit for students and alumni to engage in our local economy, whatever its needs. We are excited to offer these new programs to connect students, alumni, and local businesses with each other as our economy eventually recovers and grows.
More information on Anderson’s Business and Community Engagement Office can be found at http://mgt.unm.edu/cce.
Robert DelCampo, Ph.D., is Senior Executive Director of Anderson’s Corporate and Community Engagement Office, Executive Director of the University of New Mexico Academy of Innovation, now housed again at Anderson School , and Professor of Management Rutledge. Anderson offers over a dozen concentrations at the bachelor’s and master’s levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools nationwide. The Executive’s Office is a guest column providing advice, commentary, or information on resources available to the business community in New Mexico. To submit a column for consideration, send an email to [email protected]