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“I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand” – Confucius 450 BC.

The ISU Innovation Consulting Community provides students with a transformational learning experience guided by project mentors with the opportunity to further develop a creative mindset to propose solutions to complex problems and innovation in strategy. Solutions are provided to the for profit and not-for-profit sectors.

Employers want to hire students who possess skills developed through this initiative!

A recent study by The Conference Board entitled, “Are They Really Ready to Work” surveyed the top 400 employers nationally found that the top skills and attributes that employers want and often find lacking in college graduates are:

  • Professionalism/Work Ethic (Initiative)
  • Oral and Written Communications
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

Goal: The ICC projects are designed to specifically address these areas, and provide students with evidence of the skills that employers seek of college graduates.

Employers recognize the initiative it takes to participate in these extracurricular projects.

The communication and collaboration skills that students learn from working with other Illinois State University students and Project Mentors across disciplines, and with real-world clients, in analyzing new and better ways to work and take advantage of new technologies, are highly valued by employers. Participation in the projects and supporting free innovation consulting learning events distinguishes students as professionals immediately ready to add value upon graduation .

We encourage you to explore the site and participate!