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February 25th 2013: Entrepreneurship and Leadership Learning in the Liberal Arts: A Conversation with Jessica Holmes, Associate Professor of Economics and Director of MiddCore at Middlebury College

Today, many debate the future of higher education and wonder how well a liberal arts education prepares young people for the future. At Middlebury College, Professor Jessica Holmes is demonstrating how a liberal arts education translates into skills and perspectives that develop future leaders. Each January, 40 students set aside their political theory, literature and language textbooks and dive into an intensive program called MiddCore, a highly interactive course that stretches students beyond their comfort zones to become budding entrepreneurs and leaders. The program taps into diverse ment

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Jessica Holmes

Jessica Holmes is the Director of MiddCORE as well as Associate Professor of Economics at Middlebury College. Under Jessica’s leadership, MiddCORE has expanded to several affiliated schools throughout the U.S. and also includes an internship and workshop program. Jessica teaches courses in microeconomics, health economics, the economics of social issues and the economics of sin. Prior to joining the Middlebury faculty in 2001, she worked as a litigation consultant, conducting economic analyses for companies facing lawsuits involving securities fraud, product liability, and intellectual property. Jessica’s prior consulting experience shapes her emphasis on experiential learning in the classro
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