Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Ben Blanco

An Outstanding Islander

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Creating Business Pioneers

Each semester, nearly 15 Islanders have the opportunity to expand their resumes and build networking relationships that will last a lifetime. These students travel to California or Florida to work with Disney, a Fortune 500 Company, for one to two semesters as part of the Disney College Program.

Dr. Ben Blanco, Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Management and Marketing, is leading this beneficial program that has helped hundreds of students.

“The program absolutely changes students’ lives,” said Dr. Blanco, Campus Coordinator who launched the campus program in 2009. “They may not notice right away, but down the line, they will be put in a situation and know the right thing to do.”

Every semester Blanco shows his support for his students, by visiting them in Florida or California at their work location, or treating them to a meal.

Blanco teaches an assortment of business classes ranging from Intro to Business to Retail Management. He has been very invested in his students’ education since he began teaching at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in 2001. At the start of each semester, Blanco sets high expectations for his students and provides them with the tools they need to be successful in his class. All the students need to do is follow his instructions. His first rule is no cell phones. 

“Through being assertive in the classroom, I am helping to prepare my students, providing them with a real world dress rehearsal,” said Blanco. “Students pick up on things quickly in my classroom.”

In Blanco’s Retail Management class, he invites important business figures to speak to his students on campus, and he takes his class to successful businesses around Corpus Christi such as Harley-Davidson, H-E-B, and the La Palmera Mall.
Blanco is also the Coordinator for Junior Achievement, the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students about work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. 

Beginning this spring, Blanco and Dr. Monica Hernandez will initiate the American Marketing Association on campus to give students the opportunity to get more involved with the university through case competitions, and professional selling competitions. Students will travel to conferences and remain in affiliation with the association after they graduate, opening up many job opportunities.
 
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