Silver Lake College students accepted to first-ever program, The Commons Sheboygan

Posted On February 23, 2017

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By Suzanne Weiss/Director of Public Relations

MANITOWOC, Wis. — The first-ever The Commons Sheboygan program, which will run March 19 through April 2, was looking for talented and motivated students to explore the innovation process. It found some at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc. 

SLC students who applied and were accepted into the program include: Luka Jovicic, a senior from the country of Luxembourg majoring in accounting; Tammy Hagenow, a senior from Two Rivers majoring in business management; Heysa Orellana-Vega, a senior from the country of Honduras majoring in business management; and Juanita Soto, a first-year graduate student from Chicago enrolled in the Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Development program.

The Commons is a collaborative effort between colleges and the business community to give students real-world experience building new products and businesses, according to its website.

Silver Lake College students will be among those from across the region to help tackle real problems from local companies, learn what it takes to create new ideas and build their professional network.

“The advantage of The Commons approach is that students learn how to think as entrepreneurs and innovative problem solvers as well as problem seekers,” said Dr. James Begotka, director of Silver Lake College’s Management and Organizational Development program. “With the right talent, as well as the entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial thinking that develops among The Commons participants, one company’s problem can become another company’s opportunity.”

PHOTO: Silver Lake College students who have been accepted to The Commons Sheboygan program include, from left, Tammy Hagenow, Juanita Soto, Luka Jovicic and Heysa Orellana-Vega.