Students, Executives Form Powerful Partnerships in Specific Industries
Last year, top executives from major companies met weekly with a group of trusted collaborators to discuss, dissect, and brainstorm possible solutions to issues facing their organizations and industries.
The collaborators in this case were undergraduate students at Fisher taking part in the innovative Industry Clusters program. By all accounts, the pilot program — emphasizing experiential learning through partnerships with industry practitioners — was a marked success.
“(The students) absolutely surprised me insofar as their eagerness to learn and their eagerness to challenge my paradigms and our company’s paradigms,” said Kevin Kramer, president of growth initiatives at Alcoa and an alumnus of The Ohio State University.
The Industry Clusters program was designed to immerse students in a specific industry. Health care and energy/sustainability were the two clusters offered during the 2010-2011 academic year. Intensive exposure to these industries came through course work co-taught by corporate executives and Fisher faculty. Students also undertook team projects addressing current issues facing the participating companies.
Energy/sustainability: Accenture, Alcoa, and The Dow Chemical Company
Health care: Cardinal Health and OhioHealth
Industry Clusters Videos
Fisher faculty and students and industry experts discuss the Undergraduate Industry Clusters program.
Alcoa executives along with Fisher faculty and students talk about how the Industry Cluster program is changing people’s minds and the business community.