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by Amy Wolf | Posted on Thursday, May. 23, 2013 — 11:51 AM
Nashville’s mayor wants to launch a number of visionary new college prep charter schools over the next few years, and a charter management organization called Valor Collegiate Academies is helping lead this education reform movement.
Now Valor Collegiate Academies and the city of Nashville are turning to the students in the Vanderbilt Accelerator Summer Business Institute for creative ideas on how to innovate within these charter high schools to maximize preparation for college and the world beyond.
One of the challenges for the multiple Accelerator teams is to reach out to high school and college students to gather information on how to fulfill the eight elements that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Next Generation Learning Challenge has identified as essential for college-ready students:
The Accelerator Summer Business Institute is an intense month-long business boot camp run by the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. In the program, college students and recent graduates from across the country are immersed in a competitive business environment, working to create the winning solution to real challenges from top local and national companies. The students hone essential skills in marketing, sales, finance, real estate, research and corporate strategy, while participating companies receive the brainpower, creativity and proposals from several teams of highly motivated millennials.
The program launches on Friday, May 31, at 7 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management’s Averbuch Auditorium. The Accelerator teams will give their final presentations on Friday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to noon in Averbuch Auditorium. Please contact Amy Wolf if you’d like to attend.
Other Accelerator projects include:
More information about Accelerator is available online. To follow the progress of the Accelerator students and their projects, visit the Vanderbilt Accelerator Summer Business Institute page on Facebook.
Amy Wolf, (615) 322-NEWS
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