Gary J. Sbona Honors Program is the Honors Practicum for the Lucas College of Business. It was started in 2006 to best prepare our top students for the world of global work by providing them with an opportunity to get real on the job experience as part of their college curriculum. In the best of alumni traditions, Gary J. Sbona, a San Jose State College of Business Alum and successful businessman, agreed to sponsor the program and has committed a substantial amount of money to support the program.
Student and Business Win-Win
Participating companies/organizations get our best and brightest students to do much needed projects at no cost to them. The program also provides firms with the opportunity to preview our best students for possible future employment.
Our Honors students also win. In addition to having gained significant real world experience and enhanced employment opportunities, they also are granted a waiver of the GMAT/GRE requirement upon application for admission to the Lucas MBA programs.
The selection process includes a review of academic transcripts, resumes, and a written essay, and for those who qualify, a face to face interview. Students are evaluated for their academic results in key courses as well as prior work experience, school activities, and their ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
Projects require students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real business problems and to come up with an innovative solutions. The advising professors and the student teams review the proposed projects with the project sponsors to clarify issues and come to mutual agreement on expected outcomes. Then they plan and execute the project. And, just like at the completion of any business project, deliverables are presented to the project sponsors and the project is implemented.
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