Skidmore students gain real-world consulting experience
Skidmore College student business consultants delivered their final recommendations to one of their clients for the semester — the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) — during a standing room only presentation at the Hall of Springs.
The Skidmore-Saratoga Consulting Partnership (SSCP) course, MB 360, is an intensive 12-week Skidmore College course in which students provide pro bono consulting services to community businesses and non-profit organizations. The students gain hands-on consulting experiences and the organizations receive creative thought for creating value. Clients over the years have included Esperanto, Death Wish Coffee, Northshire Bookstore, Saratoga National Bank and Trust and many others.
“This is one of the most extraordinary things I’ve encountered since I’ve lived in Saratoga and I’ve experienced a lot of extraordinary things,” said Elizabeth Sobol, president and CEO of SPAC.
“We’ve learned so much during the process as well as during the presentations and there’s a lot we’ll walk away with,” Sobol said.
In addition to Sobol, SPAC board members, employees and community leaders were in attendance.