At UCM, you education will extend beyond the traditional classroom lectures. You will graduate with practical, hands-on experience that prepares you for a successful future.
Integrative Business Experience
In IBE, you will create and manage two significant enterprises: an actual start-up company and a hands-on community service project. Since the program began in 2004, students have produced revenues of more than $440,000, donated more than $240,000 in profits and volunteered 17,000 hours to help local nonprofit organizations.
IBE at a Glance:
- Obtain a small business loan.
- Start and manage a business.
- Create and manage a community service project.
- Develop interpersonal and group interaction skill in a work-like setting.
- Apply key business concepts and analytical tools to solve real business problems.
- Develop a “big picture” understanding of business operation.
The most popular team for management majors is Enactus, which is a club open to any UCM student regardless of major. Enactus is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using to power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.
The mission of UCM Collegiate DECA is to enhance the co-curricular education of students with career interests in marketing, management and entrepreneurship. DECA helps all business majors develop skills and competence for business careers, build self-esteem, experience leadership and practice community service.
Hospitality Management Association
The Hospitality Management Association is an organization for students in the hotel and restaurant administration program. Many on-campus, professional and community-focused activities involve our students, either through classes or attendance at major conferences and trade shows. For example, members attend the International Hotel/Motel and Restaurant Show in New York City, which includes tours of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and the Statue of Liberty. Students also attend a hospitality symposium at Oklahoma State University and the National Restaurant Association Trade Show in Chicago.
Students are also encouraged to become active in professional organizations such as those listed below. These organizations have regular dinner or lunch meetings in Kansas City and St. Louis, and are excellent for networking and professional development.
- Society for Human Resource Management
- Institute for Supply Management
- Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
- American Society for Quality
- Association for Operations Management
- Strategic Management Society
- US Small Business Administration
- Institute of Management Consulting
- Southwest Business Networking
- KC Mid-America Chapter - Project Management Institute
- Kansas City Council of Women Business Owners
- American Society for Training & Development
- The National Restaurant Association
- American Hotel and Lodging Association
- Greater Kansas City Hotel and Lodging Association
- Missouri Restaurant Association
- International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education