Perhaps the best way to understand the value of UT COBI’s innovative Jump Start program is to see what some of the 2016 participants had to say about it:
“The Jump Start program is a fun time where you are given the chance to not only meet people in your major and eat some great free food,” said Jack Longenecker, “but also learn about some of the great future internship opportunities.”
Participant Kody Kuhlman said, “Jump Start was a very exciting, enjoyable and educational experience.”
“This program is a fantastic mix of fun, social activities to make people more comfortable around one another and professional opportunities to widen perspective on the world of business,” noted Trevor Cutway.
Rachel Boulton said, “It is a great experience to meet new people in your major before school starts. The program was totally free but we got to do cool stuff like go to SkyZone and visit Fortune 500 companies.”
“Jump Start has been awesome,” William Velez said.
During the week before fall, 2016 classes started at The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation, dozens of incoming freshmen jump started their college life through an innovative, free program designed to provide incoming business majors with a variety of activities focused on enhancing their chances for success.
Targeting academic and social skills, the primary goal is to help new students through the transition from high school to college. Jump Start began in 1997 and was made possible because of a gift from John & Lillian Neff.
"Participants are able to meet other first year students while experiencing a wide range of programming presented by UT faculty, staff, alumni and students, in addition to members of the greater Toledo community," explained program coordinator Darlene Stevens.
Some of the program activities included: touring Dana, Welltower, Owens Corning, Wilson Sporting Goods, attending a Mud Hens baseball game, visiting the Toledo Zoo, SkyZone, Sportway, participating in a campus scavenger hunt, meeting alumni and networking.
"Students with high school grade point averages ranging from 2.4 to 3.0 and ACT composite scores from 18 to 23 are ideally suited for the program however all applicants are considered," Stevens said.
“The Jump Start program literally puts one a jump ahead of people moving in a few days later,” Brandon Sauppe. “You get to meet people that will be doing what you do. It’s great to get involved so quickly.”
Matthew Schroeder said it was “A great learning experience and a great way to meet new people.”
“Jump Start is a great program that allows me to have an insight on possible jobs for my future,” noted Alyssa Deiley.