Baker College business students garner awards

FLINT — Baker College of Flint business students won the Rookie of the Year and First Runner-up awards at the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) regional competition in Chicago.

SIFE is an international nonprofit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders.

The Baker College of Flint SIFE team won for developing a new website, a brochure, and marketing and production plans for the St. Luke’s New Life Center in Flint.

“This is the first time that our students participated in the competition and we couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome,” said Dr. John Cote, Baker College of Flint dean of business administration. “They competed against worldclass universities that boast a population of up to 20,000 students. This achievement is both very humbling and rewarding. We believe we are providing a competitive real-world business education for our students and these types of awards is a validation of our efforts.”

The St. Luke’s project began more than a year ago, when the small business program students at Baker College of Flint helped the organization develop a business plan for its initiative to train unemployed women in Flint’s inner city to produce hospital gowns to sell to area hospitals.

The Baker students, in addition to the business plan, liaised with St. Luke’s in the implementation of marketing, sales and production plans. At the SIFE competition, the 14-member Baker College of Flint team gave a 24-minute presentation about its St. Luke’s project to a group of judges representing the business world and before a 100-person audience. — G.G.

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