Zach Milburn is an NC State alumnus who volunteered with the International Cultural Leadership Project and was part of the Leadership Council. “Being part of the ICLP was one of the most valuable experiences I had during my college years,” he said. He is now an entrepreneur in residence at the ThinkHouse, a community specifically for post-grad entrepreneurs who want to start businesses rather than go the corporate route.
As a ThinkHouse Fellow, Zach also spends time at HQ Raleigh, which hosts a larger community of entrepreneurs in a downtown Raleigh space. Zach and his brother have launched Citywix.com as their first post-grad venture. The concept is an on-demand local services marketplace, where customers can browse and purchase specific services instantly at fixed prices. It’s a combination of two other startups they launched while still students: HireNC.com and WolfTextBooks.com.
Zach has worn many different hats: project manager of the ThinkHouse, bringing it from conception to reality; consultant for Bandwidth Labs, which is the parent company of Republic Wireless, a wireless communications services provider; a furniture mover; chess instructor; and the list continues. He considers his most successful venture to be a chicken coop he started in Haiti last summer. Zach used the French language skills he honed as an ICLP volunteer working with French students from the SKEMA Business School to find out what the community needed. The project was funded with $1,000 in seed money from family, and the chicken coop that started with just 100 chickens has already grown to 1000.
“The manager just recently asked me to raise money to quadruple the amount to 4000 chickens,” he added.
In addition to Haiti, Zach has lived in or traveled to more than 25 countries.
“The real learning happens outside of the classroom,” he said. “Get out and get involved.”
Zach is one of more than 2100 students who have participated in the ICLP. To learn more about the program or to apply to be a volunteer, visit the ICLP website.
Numerous international students come to North Carolina State University through the Global Training Initiative (GTI) each year. Students from partner institutions in Asia participate in an accelerated master’s degree program (3+X). The GTI also administers the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP) on campus. In addition, there is also an undergraduate certificate program (GTE/GTC) offered to interested international students who study at NC State for one semester, or more in special cases.
The GTI offers a 400-level course (GTI 401 U.S. Culture and Higher Education Colloquium) in the fall of each academic year as a requirement for all students participating in the 3+X, BSMP, and GTE/GTC certificate programs. The students who come to NC State through these programs also take other courses during the semesters they are considered GTI non-degree seeking (NDS) students. All tuition and fees from this course as well as the other courses and credits that these students enroll in are absorbed by the University, thus each dollar of tuition paid is a direct impact and benefit to NC State.
The total amount of tuition contributions paid by the 3+X, BSMP, and GTE/GTC certificate students while they are classified as the GTI’s non-degree seeking students from August 2007 through May 2014 is $3,439,448 and the total amount of student fee contributions by the same group is $346,131.
For the 3+X students, most of them continue in their graduate program after their initial semester as a GTI student. Several 3+X program graduates have also continued in a doctoral program at NC State or other universities once they’ve successfully completed their master’s program. A few outstanding GTE students also continue at NC State in a graduate degree program.
The GTI, along with the Poole College of Management, partners with the Raleigh Campus of SKEMA Business School to integrate their students into the campus at NC State. The GTI oversees numerous aspects of SKEMA students’ transition to study at their US campus at NC State University, before and after they arrive, and is directly responsible for ensuring that students are put into the university’s student information system and become fully admitted NDS students at NC State. NC State does not receive tuition from these students, but the University does collect student fees.
The total amount of tuition contributions for all courses taken by students who were initially involved in the 3+X, BSMP, and GTE/GTC certificate programs between August 2007 and May 2014 is $9,997,013.50.
The total amount of student fee contributions by students who were initially involved in the 3+X, BSMP, SKEMA, and undergraduate certificate programs between August 2007 and May 2014 is $2,691,586.12.
Total Tuition Contributions by Program
(August 2007 to May 2014):
|Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP)||$718,697.50|
|GTE/GTC Certificate Program||$574,783.00|
Total Student Fee Contributions by Program
(August 2007 to May 2014):
|Program||Student Fees Contribution|
|Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP)||$67,801.68|
|GTE/GTC Certificate Program||$55,848.90|
Total tuition contributions were calculated by reviewing transcript records of all past and current GTI students in the 3+X, BSMP, and GTE/GTC certificate programs. Total fee contributions were calculated by reviewing transcript records of all past and current GTI students for which the GTI directly manages the student integration process (3+X, BSMP, undegraduate certificate programs, SKEMA). The GTI used NC State published Tuition and Fees numbers to calculate total tuition and fee contribution to the University.