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November 20, 2015

MBA Excursions Offer Real-World Experience



MBA students gather in front of the Tesla Factory in Fremont
MBA students gather in front of the Tesla Factory in Fremont

The Master of Business Administration program director Matt Meuter and faculty members strive to give students new and exciting opportunities for hands-on learning. Two recent MBA day trips gave students real-world insights to cutting-edge approaches that makes the program one of the best.

In September, 23 MBA students and faculty lead Dalen Chiang took a trip to the Tesla manufacturing facility in Fremont. The tour and discussions with Tesla leadership provided students with valuable insights into how an innovative company designs its production facility. These excursions provide an outstanding learning opportunity and allows MBA students to create relationships with potential employers and develop stronger relationships with their student peers. First-semester MBA student Nora Shippelhoute (BA, Exercise Physiology and Physical Education, ’90) explains her gratitude for such opportunities:

“Activities like this foster a culture of collaboration, teamwork, and camaraderie that will continue to enrich my MBA experience. The Tesla tour was a great opportunity to collaborate and brainstorm about real world business topics that many of us can apply to our graduate studies and in our daily work.”

MBA students take a group photo before a team-building ropes course
MBA students take a group photo before a team-building ropes course

In October, a group of 20 MBA students and three faculty mentors (Matt Meuter, Damon Aiken, and Bonnie Persons) spent the day with Odyssey Teams, an internationally recognized training and leadership development company. Lain Hensley and Odyssey Teams have been traveling the world for 24 years delivering leadership and teaming programs for many top companies—including Microsoft, Wal-Mart, Genentech, and Bain Capital—and MBA programs such as those at The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and University of California, Los Angeles.

The CSU, Chico MBA program collaborated with Hensley and Odyssey Teams to create a unique experience for our MBA students. Students were challenged with team-building exercises and leadership challenges as a means of developing and extending their leadership potential. In the afternoon session, comfort zones were challenged as the leadership and teamwork activities extended to a ropes course. These activities required teamwork, trust, confidence in oneself and others, as well as a sense of daring adventure. Students were propelled high into the trees and balanced carefully on small cables high above the ground, delivering incredible results as participants discovered the thrill of team-based success and were individually challenged to become better leaders in all aspects of life.

Events like the Tesla trip and Odyssey Leadership training are what make the CSU, Chico MBA program special and just one of many ways dedicated faculty members showcase their commitment to academic excellence. The MBA program is collaborative and designed to provide life-changing learning, training and the opportunity to broaden a professional network. At the end of the program, students will have experienced a wide range of powerful lessons that will propel them to new levels of achievement, performance, and leadership in all phases of their life and professional careers.     


If you or someone you know could benefit from the experience of a CSU, Chico MBA, please visit the CSU, Chico MBA Website or reach out via email to begin a conversation—we’d be happy to talk with you about how the MBA program can benefit you.

MBA student on ropes course

MBA student is propelled into the sky by MBA teammates