Cox Enterprises, an Atlanta-based global company with 55,000+ employees and $20 billion in revenue, and Oglethorpe’s Atlanta Laboratory for Learning (A_LAB) have formed a new partnership—and students are already benefiting.
A group of 30 students from Dr. Floran Syler’s accounting classes recently toured the company’s nearby campus and heard from Cox employees and Oglethorpe alumni Vivian Chu, Stanley Goldberg, Carol Larner and Cody Partin.
Larner, vice president of investments at Cox, is a member of the President’s Advisory Committee at Oglethorpe and was interested in becoming involved in the A_LAB, which helps to connect students’ classroom learning with real-world, hands-on opportunities.
Meanwhile, Dr. Syler had approached the A_LAB for help in planning site visits for her accounting students so they could make real-world connections and hear from people doing the work every day.
Together with A_LAB Director Beth Concepción, Ph.D., an ongoing partnership was formed that will provide opportunities for students with the communications, media and automotive services conglomerate.
“It’s very exciting for me, as the first A_LAB director, to find new ways to connect students with people and industries in Atlanta,” said Concepción, who is also an Oglethorpe alumna. “I’m looking forward to planning similar trips for other Oglethorpe students.”