UNT at Frisco launches three-year program that gives students real-world experience and competitive edge in job market
DENTON (UNT), Texas — This fall, the ‘real world classrooms’ for UNT at Frisco students working on a Bachelor of Science in Project Design and Analysis will be the City of Frisco and the Frisco Chamber of Commerce.
“The students’ classwork is integrated into real projects with industry partners so students can implement what they learn,” clinical professor Zain Ali said. “The accelerated degree is cost-saving and provides the career readiness that gives students a competitive edge in the job market.”
The Spring 2020 cohort worked with the City of Frisco to analyze and make recommendations on the current application process for new restaurants. This Fall, students will work with both the City of Frisco and the Frisco Chamber of Commerce.
“While the City of Frisco is sharing information with the students from the municipal perspective, we were included this year to share the perspective of the business community,” Tony Felker, President/CEO of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce said. “As part of this semester’s project, the students are learning about and potentially suggesting improvements to the health code rating system, including how Frisco’s system compares to other cities. The Frisco Chamber works closely with our restaurant owners and leaders, and this allows us to offer input from our businesses and share their viewpoints with the students.”
Initially launched in Fall 2019 as a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies, the program found quick popularity with students and with industry. The degree’s cohort model allows students to learn, grow and graduate together as a team with work-place skills, problem-solving abilities and a professional network of industry and community leaders.
In 2019, students worked with the City of Frisco to study the possibility of driverless vehicles and other public transportation options including e-scooters and shuttles. The students conducted a full study, including public surveys, data analysis and site visits to study traffic and public transportation routes, and made a formal presentation to representatives from the City of Frisco.
The program, open to freshman students, is located at UNT at Frisco, in the heart of a rapidly-growing mecca of corporate headquarters, and was developed with input from the corporate partners who will work with students on in-class projects and provide opportunities for paid summer internships.
For more information about this program, contact Hope Garcia at Hope.Garcia@unt.edu or visit https://frisco.unt.edu/programs/project-design-analysis.