International Summer Program at SUNY Canton Teaches Entrepreneurism and Business Leadership
Students from Kazan and Moscow, Russia, are learning how to become entrepreneurs at SUNY Canton’s International Summer program.
“We help students augment their education to become entrepreneurs,” said Marela Fiacco, director of international programs. “Many of these students will graduate and become business leaders or create their own start-ups.”
This is the second year that the College has invited students from Kazan Federal University and Moscow State University to attend the business-focused seminar.
The International Summer Program is co-hosted by the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center at SUNY Canton, an agency that helps provide technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.
A representative from the SBDC works with students to create marketing plans, learn budget financing and overall business management. “By the end of the three-week session, students will present a complete business plan,” Fiacco said.
As part of their learning experience, the students visit area businesses such as the St. Lawrence Brewing Company and St. Lawrence Valley Roasters, among others.
Several of the students are enrolled in dual-degree programs at the College and take courses online throughout the year with SUNY Canton faculty and their visit gives them the ability to meet their professors face-to-face. Management program faculty members also presented coursework during the session.
About SUNY Canton:
SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.