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The CBA Prep Academy Tours the Koraleski CAB Lab

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The CBA Prep Academy’s mission is to provide the academic skills, exposure, and support necessary to succeed in college and the workplace thereafter to all students, including those who are first generation, low income, and/or underrepresented. We had the pleasure of demonstrating to this group the fun and exciting ways in which we conduct various business research in our state-of-the-art facility.

The CBA Prep Academy Tours the CAB Lab

  • Group Photo
    CBA Prep Academy Summer Camp Group
  • Swag Bags for Students
    The students all received "swag bags" (which were actually Maverick pillow cases!)
  • GA and two proctors
    GA, Kellie Lindsay and research assistants, Alexa Callahan & Johnny DeSanto welcome the students
  • Students demonstrating sensor studies
    The students got a demonstration of the biometric sensors we use in CAB Lab studies.
  • Learning about signals
    The whole group got to learn from our GA how to read the signal data from the demos!
  • Kahoot in 269
    The group was quizzed on CAB Lab facts for a chance to "win" a Virtual Reality demonstration
  • Funny questions
    Some of the answers were pretty silly!
  • Students playing with VR headsets
    Even though there was a winner, they all got a chance to experience virtual reality!
CBA Prep Academy

CBA Prep Academy

About the CBA Prep Academy

As part of UNO’s efforts in Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion, the CBA Prep Academy is a strategic investment in both the college and Omaha community.


History: In the fall of 2020, senior leadership at UNO announced new strategic investment areas of inequality, social justice, race, and class in our society. There was a university-wide call for program proposals focused on these areas, with the opportunity for some to be selected to receive temporary funding. The CBA Prep Academy was one of them, and officially began operation in October 2021.

Mission: The CBA Prep Academy’s mission is to provide the academic skills, exposure, and support necessary to succeed in college and the workplace thereafter to all students, including those who are first generation, low income, and/or underrepresented.

Vision: The CBA Prep Academy’s vision is to be an elite college preparatory program for students of all backgrounds, creating a diverse talent pipeline from high school to UNO CBA to the Omaha workforce.


Ultimately, the program aims to uplift marginalized populations within the Omaha community, diversify the student body of UNO CBA, and create a diverse pipeline of CBA graduates who will bolster the Omaha workforce.

“Programs like this can break generational cycles of poverty and provide students the opportunity to be the first in their families to graduate from college,” said Academy Director, Rebecca Atkins. “Whether or not things like investing, the economy, and finance are discussed at home, I want students to know they belong here and that a degree in business is attainable.”