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Exploring Careers in Business sees continued success

June 27, 2011, Meredith Thomas

${image-alt} Dean Dennis Cradit speaks to high school students

The College of Business is proud of the 2011 Exploring Careers in Business (ECB) program, which took place June 18-25 on the SIU campus. Over 30 high school juniors and seniors from across the country got a taste of college life and learned about the world of business during the weeklong program.

Michael Haywood, Director of Minority Affairs oversaw the event. “The ECB week exposed and enlightened talented minority high school students to the real world of college life as a future business student,” said Haywood. “Students got a chance to implement business concepts, principals, ideals, and strategies which will assist them in high school, college and throughout their lives.”

The program focused on finance, marketing, business economics, accounting, management, leadership skills and networking. Several SIUC administrators, faculty and staff presented to and met with students, offering important insights and advice for academic, professional and personal development. The program included intensive preparation work for the ACT test. The group travelled to St. Louis for a day, and toured several large corporations including The Boeing Company and New York Life.

The Program was funded by the College of Business, and additional support was provided by the Reflective, Responsive University Initiative, as well as Caterpillar, Inc.

When asked about next year, Haywood replied, “Although it can be challenging to design a week-long, team-oriented curriculum that is informative, engaging, fun and exciting, I am excited to recruit the next group of academically talented minority students for the 2012 ECB week.” Haywood went on to explain the importance of ECB as a recruiting opportunity, “The program has a history of attracting some of the best and brightest high school students, many of whom go on to become our best Salukis.”