Yani Aguilar hoped of coming to the DREAMBIG Academy at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business ever since she heard about the program from her College Possible mentor. With ambition to be a business leader of tomorrow, she knew she needed to start on that path today.
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s DREAMBIG Academy is helping underrepresented youth open doors to future opportunity. Thirty-eight soon-to-be high school seniors began a unique summer program at the College of Business this week teaching them more about the world of business and potential career paths. The week-long program emphasizes leadership, networking skills and success.
As a former football coach at North Star High School in Lincoln, Nebraska, Mark Barrera missed working with underrepresented youth. When the opportunity arose again with the DREAMBIG Academy at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, he happily stepped up to lead the program in addition to his duties as the assistant director of recruitment technology at the College of Business.
Vianka Curiel dreamed to work at the United Nations one day, but found her shyness and lack of business knowledge blocked the path to her goal. She discovered the confidence and business skills she needed in the Future Builders Program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business.
High school juniors seeking transformative pre-college experiences need to apply now for two summer programs hosted by the College of Business. The Accounting Summit and the DREAMBIG Academy provide insight into potential careers in the world of business and a preview of college life at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Both programs prepare students who graduate from high school in May 2020 for the opportunities awaiting them in college and beyond.
After a week of preparation, building leadership and networking skills at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 39 rising high school seniors culminated their DREAMBIG Academy experience by pitching their innovative ideas in a “Shark Tank”-style format. Students thrived in the competition and at the academy through collaboration and community.
From industry visits to mini golf and Dairy Store ice cream, high school students kicked their summer off receiving a taste of the College of Business and a future in accounting. The School of Accountancy hosted the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Accounting Summit where high school students came to Howard L. Hawks Hall to learn about careers in accounting. Selected through an application process, which required a GPA above 3.0, completion of algebra II and status as a rising senior, the college accepted ten students to attend the summit, held from May 30-June 1.
Rising Nebraska high school seniors attended the 2017 DREAMBIG Academy at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business to help prepare themselves for college and build leadership and networking skills to allow them to achieve their full potential. At the heart of the program, current college students serve as mentors to motivate the high school students into action while learning about the world of business and career opportunities.