Thirty-six business students, both undergraduate and graduate, representing the ENACTUS student group from WCBA will present hands-on lessons on business and free enterprise to more than 350 pupils in kindergarten through the sixth grade The seven grade-specific themes of Junior Achievement are: Ourselves, Our Families, Our Community, Our City, Our Region, Our Nation and Global Market Place. The programs, which follow state education standards, teach elementary students various business concepts including the growth of business from a sole proprietor to a corporation, the wide range of job opportunities, the importance of city planning in guiding economic development, resources required for building a business, and how global trade affects the international exchange of human resources.
“Our mission is to prepare students to be leaders in their careers and their communities,” said Betty Jo Licata, WCBA dean. “Sharing our time to educate over 350 children about free enterprise is a wonderful opportunity for our students. We are proud to partner with Junior Achievement and Taft Elementary for this exciting program.”
Martha King, guidance counselor at Taft Elementary said partnerships with organizations such as Junior Achievement and volunteers such as the WCBA students are invaluable and give students a quality education.
The WCBA Enactus student group works in teams to design educational outreach projects that help people develop a better understanding of the principles of free enterprise and how to use this information to empower themselves and achieve new dreams.