Student Spotlight: Michael Batts
Michael Batts has a passion for solving problems, understanding the business world and helping people.
Pursuing entrepreneurship as a career made sense to Batts. So did coming to College of DuPage, which is playing a significant role in his professional development.
"I have been fortunate enough to rebuild the Business and Entrepreneurship Club with the help of our devoted officer team and our faculty advisers," he said. "Our primary agenda is to highlight students' talents and connect them with resources and guidance. The Entrepreneurship Club explores many aspects that go into creating and maintaining a successful business environment. We explore many types of business organizations ranging from small businesses to corporations. The goal is to gain knowledge and an overall understanding of creating and maintaining a business through the exposure and interaction with business owners.
"We have been very appreciative of the support that we have received from Student Life, Continuing Education, the Center for Entrepreneurship, and the various local area Chambers of Commerce."
Batts plans to earn his Associate in Arts degree in 2015 and then transfer to the University of Illinois at Chicago for a bachelor's in Entrepreneurship while minoring in Business Analytics. He then would like to pursue a master's degree in International Business at the University of Chicago or DePaul University.
As for a job, he has two preferences. First, he would like to work for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in the Office of Regulatory Flexibility, which is housed within the Business Information Center and serves as an ombudsman for small businesses. The office reviews all rules that state agencies propose and distributes their findings to the small business community. His second option would be working for the Small Business Administration in the office of Advocacy as a small business analyst.
Batts believes College of DuPage is providing a strong foundation for his career.
"I have been raised in DuPage County practically my whole life, and I have always appreciated the opportunities that the local communities and educational organizations have to offer," he said. "COD provides an affordable, diverse and ever-expanding educational atmosphere that allows students from various backgrounds to come together and combine their intellectual passions with their dreams and share it with a supportive community.
"My advice to prospective students is this: If you are looking for an affordable and unique learning environment that works hard to provide the next level opportunities for its students, College of DuPage is the place for you."
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