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As students progress through the nonprofit organization management major, their engagement with nonprofit organizations deepens and their Student-as-Practitioner opportunities become more connected to the external community. Guest speakers and interviews help students engage in the introductory course (NPO 130), but upper-level courses require students to develop projects in consort with local nonprofit organizations. Examples have included creating fundraising web pages, translating marketing materials into Spanish and Hmong, assisting with an organization’s special event, planning and conducting the Lakeland College United Way campaign, conducting a customer satisfaction campaign for a local NPO, and planning and conducting a comprehensive market research survey for a local grade school with focus groups. Many projects are done by individuals, but sometimes these are team or whole class projects. Internships support this development as well, and in the major’s capstone course (Strategic Planning: NPO 473), students pull these experiences together by writing an organizational plan for a new nonprofit organization or new program within an existing organization. Graduating seniors have designed and organized programs for the YMCA, a youth program at a local church, the Hmong Association, a local day care, and a girls' softball league in Shorewood. Over the years many of the programs designed in the class were presented to boards of directors and were implemented.