Very first learners finish new Organization Essentials Spouse Method


By FHSU University Communications

HAYS, Kan. – Just one year back, Fort Hays State University released a partnership with Hays Academy of Hair Structure to offer Hays Academy learners the prospect to consider 4 enterprise classes even though functioning towards a Small business Necessities Certification.

This past fall semester, two pupils, Dawson McDonough and Afrika Kaman-King, ended up the initial to complete the system.

This partnership, makes it possible for learners to enroll in at the very least one particular FHSU class and fork out acceptable scholar costs to love a range of companies offered to all Fort Hays Condition college students, such as participation in all scholar routines and organizations, entry to health and fitness and exercise services and sporting functions, on-campus scholar housing alternatives, and additional.  

4 classes designed by Fort Hays Point out school make up the Company Necessities certificate. The courses are Administration Tactics, Personal Finance, Basic principles of Accounting and Taxes, and Social Media Advertising and marketing.

Every single of all those courses run from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. just about every Monday for eight months, so they do not conflict with the students’ hours at Hays Academy.

Dr. Stacey Smith, chair of the Office of Utilized Company Scientific tests, worked with school to acquire the courses for the certification.

“These students by now do some business enterprise coursework at the academy,” Smith reported. “This partnership can help them increase and build upon their company know-how.”

For Dawson McDonough, this plan fit flawlessly into her long run plans.

“I already had intentions of attending Fort Hays to get my company diploma just after graduating HAHD when I realized about this plan,” McDonough reported. “I saw this program as an chance to better myself for my shoppers and my business and grow my know-how of what it usually takes to possess and/or operate a business.”

Originally from Loveland, Colorado, McDonough has lived in Hays for virtually a few many years. She strategies to complete her associate’s degree in enterprise by means of FHSU when performing total time at Inspire Salon in Plainville.

Mainly because the Hays Academy has four diverse start out dates for classes, together with February, Might, August, and October, and each and every cohort attends course for nine months, completing 1,500 clock hrs, acquiring housing can be a genuine obstacle.

Dr. Dennis King, associate vice president of enrollment administration at FHSU, mentioned housing as 1 of the boundaries this partnership will assist pupils triumph over.

“Academy college students commencing on, for case in point, the Oct commence day, can have a area to reside immediately alternatively of attempting to obtain a household or condominium in the center of the college semester,” King said. “We had two pupils in campus housing this drop and are going to have 3 in the spring.”

FHSU is providing housing contracts to Hays Academy students on a month-to-month basis. That company could gain any Hays Academy student, even these getting the academy’s 3-month nail technology plan.

“This application is a acquire-get for everybody,” claimed Hays Academy’s Len Melvin – an FHSU alum. “This can help the community by attracting college students to the area, in which a lot of will stay even right after finishing these systems. It can help each us and FHSU recruit.”

“I am particularly grateful to everyone in the Hays Academy family and at Fort Hays who took more time out of their life to expend their evenings instructing these lessons,” McDonough reported. “If any person is contemplating having these courses, I would highly suggest them. Not only did I get an abundance of information, I developed interactions with the instructors and other college students. I am very delighted that I acquired to go by means of both HAHD and FHSU with Afrika.”

For far more information about the Company Essentials Certification plan speak to Len Melvin of the Hays Academy of Hair Layout at, or Dr. Stacey Smith at

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