MBA students partner with regional companies for project management course

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Waynesburg University Master of Business Administration students enrolled in the energy management concentration have partnered with regional companies such as Fairmont Supply, Fenner Dunlop, Jennmar Corporation, Pipeco Services and Trumbull Corporation for their project management course.

“The MBA program at Waynesburg University prides itself on bridging classroom activities with real business experiences,” said Janice Crile, director of graduate programs in business administration at Waynesburg. “Students gain invaluable skills through experiential learning and can immediately apply what they have learned to their careers.”

Dr. Darryl Husenits, Dr. George Smith and Dr. Jeanna Cooper, all part-time graduate faculty and experts in the energy field, teach the 27 students enrolled in the course. According to Dave Mariner, dean of graduate and professional studies at Waynesburg University, students were grouped into teams and introduced to the partner companies.

“The participating companies asked the students to investigate projects related to the natural gas industry,” Mariner said.

Student teams were required to research the impact of natural gas on the energy market and their respective company, as well as the pricing of natural gas and how the company could gain entry or expand into the industry. One company even asked students to investigate the conversion of their fleet from gasoline to natural gas and the impact of cost as well as the return on investment.

Students enrolled in the energy management concentration complete coursework in energy management, supply chain management and project management as well as the required coursework in accounting, finance, organizational behavior, management information systems, economics, international business, marketing, statistics and strategic management.

The Master of Business Administration degree at Waynesburg University builds on the University's strong undergraduate tradition in business. The Waynesburg program concentrates on the functional areas of business — accounting, finance, management and marketing while stressing technical, conceptual and theoretical skills. Students in the program study business as it relates to an interdependent and constantly changing environment, recognizing various business problems and identifying alternative courses of conduct. Given the curriculum of the program, the candidates for the MBA degree develop quantitative techniques for business and economic analysis, study interpersonal relationships within organizations, and integrate the various areas of business through case studies and written and oral presentations.

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Contact: Samantha McClintock, Graduate Assistant
724.852.3384 or smcclint@waynesburg.edu