Professional Advantage, the College of Business Administration's professional development program, will enhance your education and marketability by preparing you for a successful career, helping you excel in the marketplace and enriching your life.
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Professional Advantage is designed to give College of Business Administration students a competitive edge, with program benefits like making contacts
with corporate recruiters, interacting with successful entrepreneurs, and helping to build a path to success.
By completing the Advantage program and fulfilling the requirements, you will build confidence and receive recognition from employers, who will know that you are well prepared and have the skills to represent their company. Students who meet the program requirements will receive a notation on their transcript as proof of successful completion of Professional Advantage. They are also encouraged to include the program on their resume and complete the requirements every year.
- To receive Professional Advantage recognition you must earn 8 points each academic year (2 semesters). Completion of Professional Advantage every year you are in the College of Business will show employers your dedication to professional development.
- Points are earned by attending qualifying events each semester, including lectures, panels, competitions and more.
- You will need to bring your Wildcat ID to every Professional Advantage event. It will be swiped at the beginning of each event to track your attendance. We will stop swiping cards 10 minutes after the event start time. Students arriving more than 10 minutes late will not receive points.
- Requirements are subject to change by academic year.
- Find qualifying events here. Events for Professional Advantage points will start with PA in the title. Some events require you to sign up.
- All College of Business students are automatically eligible to attend.
Tracking your points
Business students can log-on to K-State Online and view the K-State Business: Professional Advantage "class". This site will track the number of points you have earned this academic year.
- Active duty military
- Students working 30+ hours per week
- Student athletes
Students in these groups will receive 3 PA points for their extra time commitments and in recognition of the experiences these activities provide.
See side bar for exception form for points.
For more information about Professional Advantage, please contact
Olivia Law-DelRosso, program director
Myranda Kimble, program associate
College Court, Suite 41
The Professional Advantage office is located in the College Court Building. The College Court Building is a white, U-shaped building on Anderson Ave. next to the Holiday Inn parking lot and across the street from Nichols Hall. Please enter through Door B.
What students are saying
"It has only been one semester and I believe Professional Advantage has already impacted my life. The events I have attended have been so diverse and have really provided me with a broad range of experiences and learning opportunities. Considering the minimal time I have had to invest in going to the different events, I would say my return on investment is astounding! Become involved and become involved NOW! K-State's College of Business does a great job of developing students and ensuring their students have as many opportunities available to them. Professional Advantage is just another one of the many opportunities to students. The time commitment is minimal and flexible as you are able to choose the events and experiences to participate in. The events are extremely diversified allowing students to broaden their experiences and develop into well-rounded business professionals."
-- Jake Pritchard, Finance, Valley Center, Kansas
The Professional Advantage program is funded with student fees. The fee is paid by all students and it is $100 per semester for 12 or more credits for a maximum of 10 semesters, or $8.34 per credit for part time student to a maximum of $100 per semester. These fees were recommended by the College of Business Administration Dean's Student Advisory Committee, made up from leaders of the college's student organizations, approved by the Student Government in the spring of 2012 and by the Kansas Board of Regents in the summer of 2012.
Student fees allow the College of Business Administration to bring nationally-known speakers, give students Executive Mentors and offer events and programs that will enhance our student's marketability and give them an advantage in their job search. For more information regarding student tuition and fees, please visit the Office of the Registrar.