Business students make competition a two-way learning street
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The strategies, the competition, the work and the pay off!
Camosun’s business students encourage high school students to step up to the plate
March 25, 2009
The 2009 High School Business Simulation Competition will be held April 3 at Camosun College’s Interurban Campus. The competition gives Greater Victoria students an opportunity to test skills learned in high school business classes. The day-long event also provides a taste of a-day-in-the-life-of-a-student if they choose to study business at Camosun after graduating from high school.
Ten Greater Victoria high school teams participated last year. Larry Chung, Camosun Program Leader, says seven teams have signed up to date.“Belmont, Parkland and Mount Doug are represented so far,” notes Chung. “Schools have until March 27 to register. The competition is open to grades 9 through 12, but it’s at the grade 11 and 12 levels that students can really put their business class skills to work.”
The contest runs as a computer simulation via the web and takes students through six fiscal quarters of managing their own corporation. Camosun first-year Business Administration students mentor the teams for the first three fiscal quarters. At the end of each quarter, the students view their results and decide how to proceed for the next quarter. In the afternoon, the mentors step aside, and let the high school teams complete the last three fiscal quarters on their own.
Lauren Barnard is a second year marketing student who graduates this April. She’s volunteering with the competition this year. “I understand this simulation program is used by hundreds of students in high school, college, and even MBA programs,” says Barnard. “It really makes you realize how many decisions need to be made, and made fast, when running a business!”
The four members of the winning team will each receive a $500 tuition credit for Camosun College. All teams, Camosun student mentors and the high school teachers are treated to lunch at the college’s Culinary Arts cafeteria, and then it’s back to busines—the business of competing in this year’s High School Business Simulation Competition.
Last year, the winning team was from Belmont Secondary, taught by Mrs. Sarah Leswal. They earned over $20 million for the six quarters, plus the respect of Camosun business students and their peers. This is the third annual High School Business Simulation Competition.
Program Leader, First Year Business
Last updated: March 25, 2009 10:42 am