When Colin Klayer crossed the stage at The Bank of Kentucky Center as part of Northern Kentucky University’s May 10 spring commencement ceremony, he did so as the first-ever Kentucky entrepreneurship degree recipient.
“As more and more students seeking degrees in entrepreneurship graduate, it will stimulate our economy and create jobs for our community. This is how we will meet our regional goals set out in Vision 2015,” said Klayer, a native of Newport, Ky.
NKU became the first university in Kentucky to offer entrepreneurship as a major in 2006. Through the entrepreneurship major, students develop entrepreneurial skills by learning how to establish new enterprises; grow, manage and maintain them efficiently; and develop the skills necessary to operate entrepreneurially within large, established organizations. The entrepreneurship major also focuses on civic engagement with the business community, particularly small businesses and entrepreneurial ventures. Course topics include such things as new venture creation, new venture financing and emerging enterprise law.
Klayer said the program taught him not only about all the parts of business, but how those parts work together to create success.