This post is a celebration of a project that I found out about through Twitter and one of the guys I met there (@logbennett).
As I mentioned to the team, I think this is a great venture that can support the local community and a great ADventure (get it?!?) for them as students.
I think something like this should be part of virtually all courses because students get to apply it rather than just study it and take it as gospel. They will get to find out the reality of any industry and it will enable them to properly analyse what the studybooks tell them – is it all right or all BS?
The other great thing for the industry as a whole is talent can be identified earlier on, the students get into the industry with greater knowledge and experience and less likely to make mistakes because they will have got them out of the way during the course (not that I wish them ill but because that is the best way to learn – I certainly did).
So, good luck FIR. The Portland business community should be forever thankful to you and those that pass through your doors!