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On Tuesday, July 30th, CSEI students delivered the first of two presentations to their respective partner companies. These 30-45 minute interactive sessions enabled each of the seven teams to “pitch their concepts” to company leaders by sharing in great detail the design thinking process they followed to create prototypes for their respective Design Challenges.
Lynne Blaine, a trial attorney and partner at Harman Claytor Corrigan and Wellman, joined us on Friday, July 20 to host a public speaking workshop for the CSEI students. Geared towards increasing students’ confidence and skill at speaking in front an audience, the workshop prepared each group for their final Design Challenge presentations.
After spending Monday through Thursday in the field, students returned to Collegiate to reflect on their progress and presented short summaries of their work, initial ideas and their team’s stage in the Design Thinking Process. Feedback will enable the teams to enter the second week of design thinking with new ideas and different perspectives on how to best solve their challenges.
The 41st annual Cochrane Summer Economic Institute began on July 5, 2018 at Collegiate School. The Cochrane Summer Economic Institute (CSEI) is a community outreach program administered by Collegiate School and funded by the Powell Economic Education Foundation. “
“It’s an opportunity for rising seniors to apply classroom learning and get a jump-start on developing business soft skills most often learned in the workplace,” said Trina Clemans, CSEI director and Collegiate’s director of economic and entrepreneurship education.”
Caroline Matawaran, a St. Catherine’s School student who worked with Impact Makers when she attended the program last year, says participating in CSEI was the best decision she made in high school. “There is no other internship I found in Richmond where you do work like this,” she said. “The companies actually want your input. It really made me want to pursue a business career.”
Twenty-seven outstanding high school students from 18 schools have been accepted to the 2017 CSEI program. These students will have the invaluable experience of working on group projects that provide necessary skills for a career in today’s commercial markets. Students are exposed to topics and projects in marketing, development, finance, product design, distribution, management, leadership, research and analytical competence.
Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology
Benedictine College Preparatory
Deep Run High School
Hermitage High school
Huguenot High School
Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School
Mathematics and Science High School at Clover Hill High School
Matoaca High School
Mills E. Godwin High School
Richmond Community High School
St. Catherine’s School
St. Christopher’s School
The Steward School
Trinity Episcopal School
“It was really rewarding to see that our findings were taken seriously and actually provided important information to the ICA and Richmond arts community. When we gave our final presentation, people in attendance were interested in our findings and had questions about our research and our opinions. It really gave meaning to why we were researching teen programs. The work we did is giving back to something that is going to be great for the Richmond community.”
“In addition to interdisciplinary collaborations on the campus, the ICA will target teenage audiences as an ongoing programmatic focus. Earlier this summer, Plummer worked with four rising high-school senior participants in the Cochrane Summer Economic Institute, which is administered by Collegiate School. They researched and examined programs for teens at art institutions in other parts of the country.
“The students had a unique opportunity to be at the table, lead the conversation and share their recommendations to enhance VCU’s community engagement with the teenage community,” McKenzie said. “I was blown away by their data discussion – they nailed it.”
✫ 2016 CSEI | Richmond Area High School Students Deliver Real-World Business Solutions During Collegiate-Based Institute ✫
“With most internships, you need a degree or you have to be 18 or you have to have experience,” said Huda Alsamman, a rising senior at Tucker High School. “This was perfect because it’s a way to build experience — relevant experience — that will help us in the future.”
This is the second year of participation for CEO Shaun Thaxter and Indivior. The experience has been so positive, he envisions future involvement in the program. “It’s beneficial for everyone,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for my company to give back to the community, and because we are an organization that has developed some capability and expertise, I think we have a social responsibility to do it.”
Twenty-five outstanding high school students from fifteen Richmond area schools have been accepted to the 2016 CSEI program. These students will have the invaluable experience of working on immersive group projects that will provide necessary skills for a career in today’s commercial markets. Students will be exposed to topics and projects in marketing, development, finance, product design, distribution, management, leadership, research and analytical competence.
Each student internship team will work on a project for one of our partner organizations. Leveraging classroom instruction, workshops by local business leaders and knowledge gleaned from thought leaders in the participating organizations, the consulting students deliver actionable insights and solutions in an internal presentation Thursday, July 21st and group final presentation Friday, July 22nd.