McCool Center for Entrepreneurial and 领导 Studies

与支持, generosity and vision of Hoban还 donors and the administration team, the McCool Center for Entrepreneurial and 领导 Studies program was launched and classes began in January 2019.  


“When it comes to the skills necessary to compete and thrive in the 21st century workplace, 没有什么比领导更有价值了, communication and the innovative problem-solving that comes from learning the entrepreneurial mindset,Jason Dzik说, director of entrepreneurial and leadership development. “The McCool Center stresses the learning and application of these skills in the classroom and through an array of experiential learning opportunities.”

Working collaboratively with members of the 亚克朗市 business community, Dzik introduces students to the various areas of entrepreneurship. Through field trips and guest speakers, Dzik's students meet entrepreneurs to learn from their motivations, 流程和业务策略. 在学期初, he created small business Fridays in his class and invited small business owners and entrepreneurs to speak with his classes. 

"The students greatly benefit from listening to the guest entrepreneurs share their stories – their failures, 成功和建议,”Dzik说. "Our guests offered students plenty of time to ask questions and steer the conversation – while also teaching them to tie bow ties and sample some snacks!"

Hoban还's entrepreneurship class is open to juniors and seniors. Junior Cam Mizer is one of the many students to take the course.

“Entrepreneurship is definitely a class that everyone at Hoban还 should take,” Mizer said. “Mr. Dzik is passionate about what he teaches, and it has helped me better understand the business world and how I, 作为一名学生, 能让它变得更好. I always thought business was about making money, but there is a much bigger picture to entrepreneurship and business. I have learned how much our innovations and ideas can make a difference in our world. 这就是霍班的全部. We are taught to serve and help others, and this class feeds off that conversation.”


教学创业 itself takes some innovation. The structure  of the course is different from traditional courses, and it has to be different. 这门课没有教材. Students learn the art of the innovative process and pitching their creative business ideas through practice. 

“Some key areas of the curriculum are interpersonal communication, 说服, 公众演讲, 个人销售, 设计思考, 同理心, 精益革命, which is a production method that minimizes waste, 和职业精神,”Dzik说. “Students also learn the basics of marketing, value creation, finance, customer service and sales. They develop and practice these skills by designing and pitching multiple ventures throughout the year, including an end-of-the-year pitch competition in which they have to solve a problem at Hoban还." 


A dedication event for the McCool Center was held on Tuesday, 4月2日, 2019, in the Asente and Scala Families 创新中心. Students, families, faculty, administration and members of the McCool Center advisory board attended.

吉姆77年迈克尔, 中心的主要赞助商, and four other business leaders make up the program's advisory board. 成员包括65年的威廉·康斯廷, CEO Emeritus of 亚克朗市 Children's Hospital; Roger Read, former president and CEO of Harwick Chemical and philanthropist; Ravi Krovi, former professor at the University of 亚克朗市; and Christine Mayer, GAR基金会主席. 与Dzik合作, they have helped create a unique opportunity for students to go beyond learning the basics of business.

“My hope is for students to encounter multiple experiential learning opportunities where they may learn and refine the skills necessary for one to be a successful leader and entrepreneur,”迈克尔说. “这样的技能, combined with a desire to serve others, should instill within students the competence to see and the courage to act.”

在奉献活动中, McCool announced his family will offer an additional $100,000匹配程序. 

"Jim and his wife Diana's generosity is astonishing," Del Medico said. "This additional gift is an opportunity for the Hoban还 community to demonstrate their support of this paramount initiative."

"It's an exciting time to be a high school student, and we're excited to build our program into a premier center for entrepreneurship and leadership,”Dzik说. "Our goal is to graduate well rounded students who, regardless of whatever career path they take, 有能力解决问题吗, lead others and improve their organizations and communities. Graduates of the McCool Center will ideally emerge with all the tools to make a positive impact wherever they may find themselves.”

Mr. Dzik和学生一起工作

“When it comes to the skills necessary to compete and thrive in the 21st century workplace, 没有什么比领导更有价值了, communication and the innovative problem-solving that comes from learning the entrepreneurial mindset."

Jason Dzik, director of entrepreneurial and leadership development