Like many students studying within the halls of the Pittsburg State Kelce College of Business, Matthew Yoakum has dreams of owning his own business after graduation.

Matthew Yoakum

“My dad owns a drilling company,” the Cleveland, Mo., native said, “and I’d like to take over that one day or maybe even start my own.”

Whichever route he takes, Yoakum, who double majors in business management and marketing, won’t be new to the business owner world. He started a lawn and landscaping business while in high school, and he has since created two additional businesses – one that raises money for the fight against testicular cancer and another that deals with buying and repairing used motorbikes.

He credits Pittsburg State’s Kelce College of Business with helping him make each venture a stirring success.

“When I was looking at colleges, I saw that PSU ranked high on the charts for business schools,” he said. “We have a great program here at PSU, and I don’t know where I’d be right now if I had chosen a different school. PSU has taught me a lot about not only methods and theory, but also how to apply those things to the real world. Being here has been of great benefit to my entrepreneurship ambitions.

“Most people would say that their school couldn’t have been a better choice to look good,” Yoakum said. “But honestly, besides my family and friends, I wouldn’t be at the point I am today if it wasn’t for my education at PSU.”