HICKORY - Catawba Valley Community College is hoping it will soon have a way for students to gain real-world experience while simultaneously helping to support programs.
It wants to create the VenturePrise Center, which would give students real-world experience in their field, said Garrett Hinshaw, president of CVCC. It would also create a way for the college to be reimbursed for the solutions the students create for businesses.
"We're trying to be creative for how we generate learning services, to also put money back into the program," Hinshaw said. "This is a group-focused learning experience for students. A business may be having network security issues. They would work with students in the network security program who would do a baseline reading, and see what the business may need and do an assessment. Students could see what it would be like for a career."
Companies would pay CVCC a small fee for the service, but it would be nothing compared to the cost it would pay if a company was contracting out the service, Hinshaw said.