About the Walker Experience
The Walker College emphasizes experiential learning, interdisciplinary collaboration, social engagement and value driven innovation to help co-create a more sustainable world. [ Read more ] Through the Walker Experience, the coordination of experiential learning opportunities for business students at Appalachian, students apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world problems in industry, the community and society. Leveraging these experiences — internships, global competitions, consulting projects and more — our graduates find that studying business at Appalachian has given them the practice needed to quickly achieve career success. The college is continuously refining the Walker Experience, helping students build a personal competitive advantage while at Appalachian.
Walker WORKspace is a 2,500 square-foot, flat-concept space less than one-third of a mile from Peacock Hall that provides a flexible space for the college to serve the local community and develop students into productive citizens. Since small business owners with limited staff cannot always manage every critical business skill, and since students need opportunities to practice what they learn in classrooms, WORKspace brings them together in a mutually beneficial way to co-create solutions.
Blueprint, an environment of learning by doing in every class, is the foundation of the Walker Experience. Customized by program area and personalized by faculty members, the Blueprint provides a baseline for deeper learning as a student travels through the Walker College.
Biz + Talks
Walker Biz is the opportunity for students to hear firsthand, on campus, from industry representatives, community leaders and innovators across a wide variety of backgrounds. Walker Talks are an ongoing series of conversations between students, faculty and industry experts providing exposure to real-world issues and the people affecting them. (launches Fall 2020)
Marketplace is student-led, hands-on business experience. One example is Beans 2 Brew, a non-profit coffee shop in Peacock Hall with 17 team members, more than 100 volunteers and tens of thousands of dollars in annual sales.
Consult is faculty-led student teams tackling real-world business issues on three levels: on-campus, local business and socially. This for-credit program engages students to evaluate real business problems and develop recommended solutions to clients. This is a two-semester class available to juniors and seniors and carries a 3-hour credit per semester. (Launches Fall semester 2020)