INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - Middlebury College, one of the nation's top liberal arts schools, is partnering with Sierra Nevada College to launch an intensive four-week summer program at SNC.
The session will run June 17-July 12, 2013, and is open to current college students and recent graduates. It is expected to draw students from the leading colleges and universities in the United States to SNC's campus in Incline Village.
"The principles of MiddCORE Immersion are absolutely compatible with our core commitment to active learning and student engagement," said Sierra Nevada College President Lynn Gillette. "I believe fiercely that this is where education needs to be. Nothing is more important and lasting than helping a young person learn how to take an idea to completion and to develop the skills that will determine whether or not they will be someone who can get things done in the world."
The program provides a cutting-edge, experiential learning process. Students learn to think strategically by addressing real challenges posed by partner organizations. Through the MiddCORE Innovation challenge, they identify opportunities, cultivate an idea, determine its feasibility, and market their vision.
Their ideas may encompass a new product or service, a new way of delivering an existing product or service, or an innovative solution to a social problem. During the final days of the program, participants pitch their ideas to peers, mentors and invited special guests, including entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.
The key to the MiddCORE experience is its extraordinary cadre of mentors; more than 25 leading professionals are invited to help develop student challenges and act as guides to help students collaborate to create innovative solutions and build core skills.
Drawn from the ranks of chief executive and chief operating officers, marketing gurus, entrepreneurs, media experts, crisis managers, and political leaders, among others, the mentors inspire students to build their capacities, identify opportunities, and become effective leaders.
The program includes more than 160 hours of hands-on skill building workshops in a range of areas including: leadership, collaboration, strategic thinking, persuasive communication, and crisis management. Challenges are designed to help participants think creatively, operate outside their comfort zone, and deal with ambiguity.
Participants will be awarded a Middlebury Certificate in Leadership and Innovation. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; however, enrollment is limited, so students are encouraged to submit applications by Jan. 15.
More information, including admissions information and cost, is available directly at middCORE@middlebury.edu.