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Senior Experience Program Celebrates 10,000 Students

Senior Experience at Cal State San Marcos has reached a milestone this semester, with 10,000 students having completed the signature program, the College of Business Administration (CoBA) announced.

The nearly 30-year-old program was one of the first of its kind to match teams of undergraduate business students with for-profit and nonprofit organizations to complete real-world business projects. A requirement for all CSUSM business students, Senior Experience has taught 10,000 graduates how to apply classroom knowledge to solve unique business challenges facing real organizations. The 2,300 projects completed by students over three decades have resulted in countless new business ideas, student startups and job offers.

“I’m proud to be one of those 10,000 students,” said Roger Herzler, director of business community projects for CoBA. “I know firsthand how much impact the Senior Experience program has on our students and the positive impact it has on businesses, not only in our region but also nationally and internationally. The program has taught multiple generations of business leaders to think critically about relevant business issues and how to effectively collaborate with their peers to solve important business problems. The college is very proud of this program and how it prepares our graduates for the workforce and the value it has added to our sponsors.”

The college will celebrate the milestone on May 19 at Kellogg Plaza on campus during its first Senior Experience Trade Show since 2019. The two-part event will begin with a business networking reception from 5:30-7 p.m. where more than 200 professionals will gather for networking and refreshments, followed by the 65-project trade show where the Class of 2022 will showcase their research and innovative solutions provided to sponsoring organizations.

To attend this event, register at https://www.csusm.edu/coba/reception/.