As with all American cities, Williams Bay faces many societal challenges: 8.3% of people are unemployed, 17% of children live in poverty, and 44% of children are eligible for free and reduced lunch programs. By basing its academic offerings in social entrepreneurship, George Williams exposes students to these and other realities, endows them with the skills to make a difference, and inspires them to become leaders for social change.

The outcomes of such an education are innumerable. For example, students:

  • Develop ethics and accountability, as well as critical thinking skills, innovation, and business sense through a curriculum that marries concepts from the nonprofit and for-profit sectors
  • Apply skills learned in class to real-world situations, cementing their knowledge and aiding the local community
  • Strengthen community bonds, working alongside local residents
  • Gain self-efficacy by having a positive impact on social problems in their own backyard
  • Achieve a global perspective as they study societal challenges, solutions, and opportunities on an international level
  • Discover their passions and abilities through dynamic coursework that integrates disciplines and community service
  • Utilize ingenuity and daring, as they launch creative, accessible, and sustainable social entrepreneurial ventures
  • Graduate with volunteer and internship experience, as well as references and professional networks
  • Become competitive job applicants, as volunteer work gains increased stature on resumes and the nonprofit job sector continues to strengthen