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Submitted By: Coastline ROP

ROP Business Student Receives College Opportunity

Student Background

Before taking ROP classes, Michelle was uncomfortable speaking in public and concerned about letting people down. She made a choice to interview for the CEO position in class. After being appointed, she was determined to be professional and assertive.

Program Description

Taking one ROP class in a semester is a lot of work, but taking three requires a great deal of commitment, dedication, hard work, organization and maturity. Michelle signed up for three ROP classes in one semester: Virtual Enterprise, Business Internship, and Retail Sales and Merchandising Internship. Together, these ROP courses helped her come out of her shell.

Michelle was the CEO of Odyssey Bike Share, a Virtual Enterprise Company created in her Virtual Enterprise class. According to Michelle, she learned that “a leader is someone who is able to communicate to others, make decisions, and keep order and involvement within a company. My focus for my employees was to show my trust in them, so that I could gain theirs in return”. Michelle led her business plan team to a 9th place finish in the State of California. Additionally, they were awarded 2nd place in salesmanship and 2nd place in booth design.

Outcomes

While competing with her Virtual Enterprise team at a competition in Bakersfield, Michelle was given an opportunity to talk to the Dean of Business from Mercy College. The Dean offered Michelle a trip to visit the campus in New York. After learning more about the school, she knew that it was where she wanted to go.

Currently, Michelle attends Mercy College, School of Business, as a marketing major. Through the Mercy programs she was placed in an internship with IBM and now travels to trade shows looking to recruit ROP students for Mercy College. She is already taking to reigns and is well on her way to being the leader she has hoped to become!

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