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Banking On Hands-on Learning

Business students thrive in high-tech, interactive lab that mirrors trading floors at global investment firms.

For Cal State Fullerton business students determined to build careers as money managers, securities analysts and investors, there is no more hands-on experience than making actual decisions that can cause a portfolio's value to increase — or drop.

Titans gain that valued and competitive advantage using real capital in real time, in the Titan Capital Management center. The high-tech, interactive lab mirrors the environment of trading floors at some of the global finance and investment management operations that seek out our graduates because of this immersive experience.

Here, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics students research and scan stock data and market news, and develop fund analyses in preparation to buy, sell and trade. The teams in the Applied Security Analysis Program manage approximately $1.5 million in stocks and bonds.

ASAP participants are selected via a rigorous application process that includes the development and defense of a research report for a designated company.

“Once selected, students experience an enriched curriculum, including economic forecasting, security analysis, portfolio construction and performance attribution,” explains Marcia Clark, who oversees the bond portion of the program. “At each step along the way, ASAP board members, drawn from the local investment community, provide support and assistance to help these students refine their investment decision-making process.”

“This program has leveled the playing field for our students,” agrees fellow ASAP director Mike Milligan. “It's a great learning experience to work in that kind of atmosphere.”

Students at the Titan Capital Management center
Inside the new Titan Capital Management Center, Professor Marcia Clark, left, shares the importance of the program, stating that “employees are looking for someone they can trust, and with Applied Securities Analysis Program students learn to put their skills on the line, they hold themselves accountable and they learn from it.”

The program was made possible with an initial gift by Jeffrey Van Harte ‘80 (B.A. business administration-finance), chair and chief investment officer of Jackson Square Partners. His continued support allowed the program to open the Titan Capital Management center in December 2016.

“We have created a very high-impact, relevant program that is only going to get better in the years to come,” says Van Harte. “Leaders in finance and investment management should be very excited about the quality of the students who are coming out of this program.

"I know, because I hired one of the students myself.”

Students and alums at the Titan Capital Management center
Past and current students of the Applied Securities Analysis Program try out the new meeting and presentation spaces of the Titan Capital Management Center.

To contribute to the Applied Security Analysis Program, contact Enrique Gonzalez, senior director of development for Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, at 657-278-2857 or egonzalez-salgado@fullerton.edu.