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Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell
Mechanical Engineering '06

Ben Mitchell grew up in a devout household in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan where emphasis was placed on helping others. He traveled with his father to places such as Kenya and Peru on short-term medical missions. When he was in Kenya, a missionary explained that engineers have the greatest potential to influence the largest number of people. During high school, Ben participated in a youth mission trip to Tijuana. A result of the mission trips, his family decided to adopt three Vietnamese children when he was a junior.

All of these experiences had a great influence on Ben’s outlook on life. He decided to major in mechanical engineering and enrolled at Lake Superior State University. Near the end of his senior year, he decided to volunteer for the Peace Corps to help others.

His two-year commitment began in the fall of 2007 and took Ben to Burkina Faso in western Africa. He resides in the village of Tansila, population 3,000, approximately 10 km from the Mali border. His host organization is the local cotton growers union. It works cooperatively with other villages to improve and expand their production techniques. He serves as an agribusiness advisor as a part of the Small Enterprise Development program which helps create market linkages and assists with the advancement of business skills.

Admissions

Dearborn University Consortium Center

BS Degree in Business Administration - Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship focuses on practicality. Students learn how to open their own businesses; develop greater competence and confidence in writing and analyzing business plans; understand how to establish basic accounting systems and evaluate performance; identify small business services, agencies and resources and utilize them; complete an internship and capstone entrepreneurial project.

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Career Opportunities

  • Small Business Owner
  • Business Consultant
  • Retailing
  • E-Commerce
  • Training and Employee Development
  • Small Business Finance

Degree Program

Courses taken at Henry Ford Community College
BAC 131 Principles of Accounting 4
BAC 132 Principles of Accounting 4
BCA 140 Software Applications 3
BEC 151 Macroeconomics 3
BEC 152 Microeconomics 3
BLW 253 Business Law 4
SPC 131 Fundamentals of Speaking 3
MATH 115 College Algebra 5
MATH 141 Introduction to Statistics 4
BBA 131 Introduction to Business 4
BBA 231 Business Office Communications  3
BBA 252 Principles of Marketing  3
BBA 254 Logistics & Supply Chain Mgt  3
MGT 230 Principles of Management  3
MGT 232 Human Resource Management  3
BAC 141 or BAC 146 2-3
Computerized Accounting—QuickBooks or Peachtree
 
MACRAO Certification
English Requirements  6
Humanities requirements  5
Lab Science requirement  4-5
Social Science  3
B.S. degree requirements  3
Free electives 18-20
 
Courses taken at Lake Superior State University
BUSN 355 Business Law II  3
BUSN 466 Business Policy  3
FINC 341 Managerial Finance 4
MGMT 464 Organizational Behavior 3
INTD 399 Internship in Small Business 4
MRKT 389 Entrepreneurship  3
Plus any four of the following:
MGMT 380 Leadership 3
MGMT 476 Employee Training & Development  4
INTB 389 Competing in the Global Marketplace  3
MRKT 383 e-Marketing  3
MRKT 387 Advertising  3
MRKT 388 Retail Management  3

Robotics...

Dereck Wonnacutt

Dereck Wonnacutt
Robotics and Computer Science

"Lake Superior State is the only robotics program of its kind in the country. I can work up any research or senior project idea with a professor or my advisor. I studied for a year in Japan through LSSU's connection with the Japan Center for Michigan Universities, and became fluent in Japanese. A Japanese company called Fanuc makes most of the robots in our lab. I'd like to roll my senior research project into a career with Fanuc that bridges the two countries and cultures."

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