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Graduate Students Lend their Expertise to Allentown Shelter

A Lehigh Valley shelter will benefit from the consulting work of eleven Cedar Crest grad students.

Cedar Crest Graduate Students working with 6th Street Shelter

October 14, 2022

As part of their capstone course, students in the Master of Business (MBA) and Modular Master of Science (MMS) programs served as a consulting group this summer for the Sixth Street Shelter, an Allentown nonprofit providing short-term and long-term transitional housing programs for those experiencing homelessness.

Over the six-week project, the group was able to give back to the local community, while getting valuable hands-on experience working with a real organization. The students provided marketing and operations recommendations for the organization with the goal of improving community awareness, donor engagement, the volunteer pipeline, and more.

“My professional background has primarily been in the Medical Device and Biotech space,” says John Nedick ’22, who served as the team captain for the project and graduated from the MBA program in August.

“[This project] provided me the opportunity to further explore areas of leadership and organizational change management and to use my business acumen to positively impact my community for the greater good of society. The friendships and networks created because of this experience will certainly pay dividends far into the future.”

Learn more about Cedar Crest College’s MBA and MMS programs.