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School of Business and Junior Achievement of Chicago Host Learning Workshop

Kendall College School of Business and Junior Achievement of Chicago Host Learning Workshop for Local High School Students - More than 50 high school students participate in program focused on exploring economics

Chicago-November 3, 2011-The Kendall College School of Business hosted more than 50 Chicago area high school students for “JA Exploring Economics,” a one-day workshop presented in partnership with Junior Achievement of Chicago and part of “JA in a Day.” The workshop gave high school students a glimpse of college life as well as the opportunity to learn about economic issues affecting the global economy from students and academic leaders at Kendall’s School of Business.

“This workshop is a great way to introduce high school students to both the academic and campus environment they will experience in college while learning particular economic principles,” said Michelle Coussens, dean of the Kendall College School of Business. “Students were able to witness a day-in-the-life at Kendall College, interact with School of Business students and faculty, and participate in working sessions about economic systems.”

The day-long event featured a key note opening from Kendall College leaders followed by interactive sessions facilitated by Kendall College students currently taking The Global Economy course taught by Senior Lecturer John Frech, who also planned JA in a Day at Kendall.

“JA in a Day” is a unique opportunity for high school students to learn about financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness skills in a college-setting environment,” said Valerie Garcia, Director of Operations at Junior Achievement of Chicago. “We are pleased to offer this program in partnership with the Kendall College School of Business.  Both faculty and students became mentors for a day and offered our students a learning experience that was both inspirational and fun.”

Students attending the workshop represented Roosevelt High School, Infinity High School and Christ the King College Prep High School.

About The Kendall College School of Business:
Kendall College, founded in 1934, is located in Chicago, Illinois. Kendall offers undergraduate degrees in businessculinary artsearly childhood educationfoodservice management and hospitality management to a diverse and passionate community of more than 2500 students. The curriculum combines strong academics with practical experience and international educational opportunities that help give students in business, hospitality and culinary arts programs the skills and expertise to be leaders in their professions. The School of Business emphasizes the critical skills and professional edge needed to excel in today’s global workforce, resulting in graduates who are professional, confident and prepared for a variety of service-oriented career fields. The innovative, yet practical, curriculum utilizes tools such as situation-based challenges, living case studies, management simulations and integrative projects. It focuses not only on business functions, but also on the softer skills essential for long term career advancement and provides opportunities for students to develop meaningful connections with the business community. Kendall College, a member of the Laureate International Universities network, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), www.ncahlc.org.

About Junior Achievement (JA):
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches four million students per year in more than 120 markets across the United States, with an additional six million students served by operations in 119 other countries worldwide. Visit www.ja.org for more information. Junior Achievement of Chicago, chartered in 1940 and celebrating over 70 years of serving Chicago youth, is the largest JA office in the world and will reach 430,000 young people in 12 Chicago-area counties during the 2011-2012 school year. For additional information, visit www.jachicago.org.

Media Contacts:
Amber Cerda, 312-752-2472, amber.cerda@kendall.edu
Maria Alexandra Velez, 1-312-752-2088, maria.velez@kendall.edu