The words in a textbook aren’t enough to prepare college students for life outside of the classroom. A successful career starts with a hands-on, practical approach to learning – and that’s exactly what students have received at Walsh since it was founded in 1922.
This upper-division business college – which offers classes at locations in Troy, Clinton Township, Novi, Farmington Hills and Port Huron, as well as online – boasts internationally and nationally recognized programs in accounting, business and information technology, along with three business certificate programs. By blending real-world experiences with rigorous academics taught by experienced faculty, Walsh prepares students for successful careers.
“Our students are focused and career-minded,” says Angela Boesler Conard, the assistant director of admissions and student services centers at Walsh. “Our current students find employment and internships programs easily, as we have nationally recognized companies interviewing onsite.”
Internships are a key part of a student’s success, and through its career services, Walsh partners with more than 1,000 local businesses and corporations to provide internships, employment opportunities and other career resources, which are posted to WalshCareerLink.com. Current students and Walsh grads are eligible to take advantage of the opportunities provided through its career services.
And it’s these kinds of experiences that lead graduates to career success – and even keep them working locally. In fact, 86 percent of Walsh graduates remain in Michigan for work once they’ve completed their degree.
“Top companies want top people, and Walsh students are in high demand,” says Patti Swanson, vice president, chief marketing and enrollment officer at Walsh. In fact, graduates work in nearly every Fortune 500 company in Michigan.
This private, all-business college is small, with about 3,000 students, but offers big opportunities – especially when it comes to networking.
Walsh hosts numerous industry events that provide students direct access to leaders in their field of interest:
- The Conversation With Leaders series features informational and Q&A sessions with industry leaders.
- Walsh’s annual Tax Symposium brings accounting and tax professionals to Walsh to share discussions and glean from practical and academic expertise
- Classroom networking give students the opportunity to engage with industry professionals in small group settings
Walsh’s mentor program also connects students with alumni and business professionals throughout their time at Walsh.
In addition to these networking opportunities, there are 10 different organizations – including Delta Mu Delta, the MBA Association and student government – to get involved in on campus.
It’s easy to go unnoticed or feel like you’re simply a number when you’re attending classes on a larger campus. Because Walsh is small, students are able to cultivate relationships with peers and faculty members. Walsh’s faculty play an important role in a student’s success.
“Our faculty are industry experts who are thought leaders in their fields and bring their real-world experience into the classroom,” Swanson says. “We have small class environments with personal attention both on-ground and online. We like to say, ‘To be the best, learn from the best.'”
It’s not uncommon for a Walsh student to be working a part- or full-time job while attending classes, so flexibility is important in when comes to their class schedules. To cater to working students, Walsh offers online courses, in addition to evening classes. Year-round registration also lets students plan their entire academic year in advance.
And for those students who want to get their education as quickly as possible to enter their chosen career, Walsh offers FastTrack, an accelerated program that allows students to obtain a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree at the same time. It takes a total of five years to go through the accelerated program, which is just one year more than the average bachelor’s degree.
For more information about Walsh, visit the Walsh website.
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