As a College Pro Entrepreneur, you’re in charge of your own house painting or window cleaning business. You market your services to homeowners and manage multiple painting or window cleaning teams who are responsible for delivering quality work on schedule and within budget. You’re responsible for the profitability of your own business.
Yes, that’s a lot. As a College Pro entrepreneur, you will need to work long and hard to make your business successful. And we are in this with you every step of the way. Our exceptional leadership and management training program provides the tools you need to succeed, and we will coach, train and mentor you every step of the way. Read more about what some of our College Pro alumni have to say about their experiences.
College Pro will train you during the spring on all of the aspects necessary to run a summer house painting or window cleaning business, including teaching you about the house painting or window cleaning industry, marketing and sales, estimating, effective management skills, customer service and financial management. We teach, support and coach you both in the classroom and out in the field, while allowing you to gain hands-on experience that will ensure that you will stand out to any future employer.
In our many years of successfully leading thousands of entrepreneurs through their first business experience, we are very confident in the process by which we systematically train, mentor and support them to succeed. Our training program has long been called a “Real World MBA” program, and is the core of our fundamental belief that Entrepreneurs Start Here.
The College Pro curriculum is broken into 2 sections, which work in conjunction with each other:
Leadership Skills and Experience: Highly desirable and sought after skills to complement your academic experience.
Technical Skills and Experience: Practical, traditional business skills that will differentiate you from your peers.
College Pro’s training begins in the classroom where we introduce the theory, and some practical examples, through various training sessions that occur mostly on the weekends in the winter months. We believe for the skills we train to really sink in, it requires a personal touch, some real experience, and continual follow-up. Once the skills have been introduced, they are later instilled in numerous in-field coaching events. Initially, skills such as sales, marketing, and interviewing are demonstrated, and, later, you are observed doing the skill, and given professional feedback.
You will work closely with your College Pro business coach (the General Manager) who has successfully run the very same business, and has been trained and certified as a professional coach. Together, you will speak weekly in a set, structured and professional phone call or video call to review the previous week’s results, review factors that drove and restrained success, and chart a new course and solidify tangible business goals for the current week. This weekly event focuses on accountability and building smart future plans.
College Pro takes the safety of our entrepreneurs and their house painters and window cleaners very seriously. Our entrepreneurs and their crews are trained extensively on the importance of job safety, requiring that everyone must review our materials and pass a rigorous safety test prior to starting work. Our safety program has been designed specifically to meet the safety needs and regulations that are part of our industry, and we reinforce this learning through practical, on-the-job examples. A safe environment and job site is a big part of delivering a rewarding customer experience and taking pride in excellent work.
Our safety program information can be downloaded directly from the links below.
Want to stand out in the eyes of future employers? What can you do to maximize your experience, education, and skills to ensure your best possible future?
You will face many challenges in life, and right now that includes one of the toughest job markets in decades. While classroom education is definitely important, your future employers also seek specific skills that allow even new employees to contribute from day one. Being a College Pro entrepreneur gives you the competitive advantage you need.
Future employers also want to hire people who have a strong work ethic, take initiative, and have demonstrated their ability to adapt to changing situations. College Pro offers the opportunity to learn and hone these attributes. Our goal is your success, and we help by providing a competitive advantage in today’s job market.
We train our entrepreneurs to use their College Pro experience to:
For our entrepreneurs who want to start a business in the future, they can also learn how to use their real business experience to get financing for their venture.
As you can imagine – College Pro entrepreneurs stand out for the amount of responsibility and real-world experience that they take on. Future employers often wonder if their new hires are qualified for increased responsibilities, and College Pro entrepreneurs walk confidently into interviews knowing that they have the experience and have had the responsibilities that few, if any, of their peers have. This will set you apart from their peers.
It’s not uncommon for our entrepreneurs to comment on how they learned more in one summer as a College Pro entrepreneur, than in four years of college. With no undue respect to college or university – it’s difficult to receive the hands-on learning and responsibility that we give our entrepreneurs. And we all know that nothing can take the place of real experience.
We also see our entrepreneurs grow on a personal level throughout the summer. You will be amazed at your personal development through this experience. The skills that you learn are about real life, and this is the time to be learning those skills!
The money you can make with College Pro depends entirely on how much effort you put into your business. The rewards can be big, but it doesn’t come easy, and there are no guarantees. Like any entrepreneurial venture, managing your own College Pro business comes with successes and failures. If you are looking for a regular old desk job, this might not be right for you.
If you know you can work hard, put in the effort, and be accountable to your commitments, College Pro may be right for you. You can count on our student painter training program and ongoing support to help you through the successes and hard times. We will coach and mentor you every step of the way, and this is what sets us apart from other summer positions.