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The Space Encourages Entrepreneurial Spirit At Wofford
By Laura Thomas, Anchor / Reporter
Published March 7, 2013
Many recent college graduates are finding - life after school is not easy - especially when it comes to landing a job.
One Upstate school has a unique program to prepare students for life beyond the classroom.
At Wofford College, The Space in the Mungo Center is not the typical career services place you would expect to find on a college campus.
The colorful walls and creative spirit are helping students learn what it takes to be successful.
"It changes the way you think and solve problems," explained Dean of the Mungo Center, Scott Cochran. Cochran spent twenty years in the business world before coming here.
"We bridge that space between the theoretical and the practical, between college and life after college," Cochran explained. "No matter what you do, you need and entrepreneurial spirit about you."
In this day and age, when so many students graduate with no job prospects, The Space is bucking that trend.
Grace Wallace, a Wofford student, launched her own stationary company while still in school.
WritefullyHis, LLC gives the majority of its proceeds to purchasing paper and pencils for children in a small village in Africa.
"All supplies are purchased locally, therefore it makes it more sustainable for their economy," Wallace explained. "I'll start full time, as the CEO of WritefullyHis in July."
This plan is working for others too. Of the 14 companies launched from The Space, Three will employ their student owners, when they graduate in May.
Some students - even start their own programs to help others.
Sarah Grace Keaveny, Michelle Green, and Anna Grace Hall started their own program to help students in Spartanburg.
"Our project is called Let's Read, and it's an after-school program at Arcadia Elementary," Keaveny explained. "It's an early childhood literacy initiative, but it has a different component because we're teaching the parents as well so that they can interact with their children at home. It's K-4 and K-5 and then their parents and it's mainly Hispanic because Arcadia is over 60 percent Spanish."
"They just said, dream big, like think of the most impact you can make," said Green of The Space's impact on their program.
Anna Grace Hall says the program also teaches students skills they'll use after college. "Along with fostering our imagination, they're also teaching us to be business people," she said, "teaching us all these things that we're eventually going to need."
The Space in the Mungo Center has been up and running for about two years. Cochran says – he's seen the program grow - with the number of students participating and the growing percentage of students who land jobs right after school.
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