With nearly 45% of recent college graduates unemployed or underemployed, The Space at Wofford College is changing education by giving students of all majors real-world experiences in consulting, in starting their own businesses or social entrepreneurship projects, and in professional readiness to give them a world-class education AND the skills employers want.
Wofford College is a small, private liberal arts college in Spartanburg, South Carolina. We don’t have a business school. We don’t have a law school. We don’t have a medical school. What we offer students is the opportunity to spend four years learning something they love, whether it’s art history, religion, math, philosophy or French. We believe that broad liberal arts foundation is going to make them better business leaders. Better lawyers. Better doctors.
While our students are studying what they love, they come to The Space to learn how to take the communication, research, problem-solving and critical thinking skills learned in the classroom (the theoretical) and apply them in a real-world setting (the practical).
We bridge the space between the theoretical and the practical.
The result? Students who participate in our programs have as much as an 18- to 24-month advantage over other recent college graduates. Their resumes show that they’ve not only learned things at Wofford, but they’ve also done things. They leave Wofford understanding the professional world and how they can immediately contribute to it. Religion majors become consultants. Art history majors start their own businesses.
A 2013 survey by the American Association of Colleges and Universities showed that 75% of employers want to hire graduates who have applied their knowledge in a real-world setting. We’re preparing those new hires every day in The Space. When you wear our BowTie, you’re supporting a new model of education – one that makes a real difference.
25% of the revenue from the sale of each BowTie benefits Wofford College.