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Small class sizes promote experiential learning and quality internships at Finlandia’s International School of Business

October 5, 2022

Copper Country’s 1 Million Cups (1MC) allows entrepreneurs to share business ideas and get feedback before, during and after launch. 1MC community organizers like Kevin Manninen, dean of Finlandia’s International School of Business (ISB) and associate professor of Management & Marketing, offer valuable advice to presenters at these one-of-a-kind networking events. In turn, Finlandia business students benefit from the context and curricula shared by Manninen through an experiential approach and quality internship opportunities.

In addition to Manninen’s work with 1MC, several ISB faculty members have important ties to community-focused organizations, such as Calumet native Nathan Perreault (’18), an assistant professor of Management who was elected to the Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw (CLK) Foundation Board of Directors in 2021. Steve Nordstrom, from Atlantic Mine, who now leads Finlandia’s Sports Management program, is a former USCAA National Champion as coach of the Lions women’s basketball team. Nordstrom has over 12 years of experience working in collegiate athletics for Finlandia and Michigan Tech University, bringing experiential learning to classes such as Sports Marketing, Principles of Sports Management, and Sports Business and Finance. Accounting professor Laura Sieders, also from Calumet, has over 16 years of executive experience working in Washington D.C. and Virginia for the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Reserve Officers Association of the United States, the National Recreation and Park Association, and the Partnership for Public Service.

FinnU business students find additional advantages through the degree type offered by the program, the Bachelor of Business in Administration (BBA), which carries an entrepreneurial emphasis that teaches both the theoretical and practical aspects of business. The BBA at Finlandia University has a global focus bolstered by FinnU’s foreign relationships, providing students exclusive opportunities to join, participate in and represent Finlandia on global-based projects.

Examples of an enriched and expansive student experience are present throughout Finlandia’s International School of Business. ISB students experience small class sizes, a university-wide support network and faculty that are approachable and willing to help prepare them for a rewarding career and fulfilling life.

To learn more about Finlandia’s International School of Business, visit finlandia.edu/business.

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