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August 26, 2020

College of Business Jump Start Program eases transition for transfer students

Submitted by Brent Fritzemeier

Jump Start participants

The College of Business Administration welcomed 27 transfer students to campus on Aug. 14 to get a Jump Start on their success at K-State.

Though the program looked a little different this year, it was extremely successful. Students completed three weeks of classes online with three on-campus events, including a full day in the Business Building. During their first day on campus, Jump Start students had a bagel breakfast with the dean of the college, Career Center tour, in-person class meetings and a social with other college faculty and staff.

Jump Start students came from 12 different institutions and several different states, including Kansas, Missouri, Colorado and California. Each participant received a $100 scholarship.

The objective of the Jump Start program is to help transfer students with their transition to K-State and to get them prepared for the fall semester. The students completed three courses in three intensive weeks: GENBA 105 — Business Orientation; GENBA 205 — Career Accelerator; and GENBA 110 — Business Foundations. If students have already taken an Intro to Business or Business Foundations class at their previous intuition, they had the option to take MANGT 420 — Principles of Management.

The business orientation course was taught by Kevin Moodie, a professional academic advisor in the College of Business Administration who worked with the students to craft individual long-range plans for each students' program of study and extracurricular activities. Engaging with Wendy Pfeifer, one of the college's career coaches, and completing the required Career Accelerator course also allows students to confidentially attend career-related activities and events in their first semester, including the virtual All-University Career Fair in September.

"We are very proud of this program and the impact it has on students, and look forward to welcoming another group of students next year," said Bente Janda, the college's assistant dean for undergraduate student services.

For more information visit the program website. Applications for next year will open in February 2021.