PEVC Courses at Kellogg

Despite the global recession, Kellogg School of Management predicts long-term interest in jobs in private equity and venture capital and the school still offers a full slate of popular courses. In “Venturing Forward,” Deborah L. Cohen writes that Kellogg raises the bar in its PEVC courses, giving students an edge in a tight-knit industry.

 

In response to growing interest from both alumni and students, Kellogg began four years ago to develop a more focused approach to courses spanning the broad spectrum of private equity investing. Experiential learning courses became a key element of this initiative, Cohen says, since they help students build the extensive network needed to gain a competitive edge in a realm where career opportunities are seldom advertised.

Flash forward four years, and Kellogg now boasts a host of basic and advanced electives that provide students access to a wide professional network and working knowledge of everything from corporate capital structures to board politics and the management of distressed assets. Investment professionals believe this training sets Kellogg students apart in an industry has become increasingly selective in the face of tightening credit markets and shrinking liquidity.

“It’s no longer just theoretical classes where you learn a lot of business models,” says Promod Haque ’83, managing partner with Norwest Venture Partners. He noted the recent development of courses in “hard-knocks” subjects, such as techniques for investing in family-run businesses. “This is real-life stuff that goes on every day.”

For more on the PEVC offerings at Kellogg, the story continues here.

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