June 13, 2005
Contact: Joshua Hollis
Business Week students gain knowledge, friendships from
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Students participating in Business
Week have departed the Mississippi University for Women
campus as the camp closed its 2005 session Friday.
The only program of its kind in Mississippi, Business
Week is designed to promote an understanding and
appreciation of America’s free enterprise system.
Patricia Brock, director of continuing education and
distance learning, said, “I’ve been really pleased [with
this year’s program].” In previous sessions, Brock said,
a computer business model was used, but a new direction
was decided upon this year. “We went back to the basics
. . . and had the [students] learn how to make a
business.” The students were required to write reports
about business and their thoughts, as well as
participating in a newly incorporated community service
“From what I’ve heard,” Brock said. “They’ve enjoyed
Brock heard right.
“It was a good experience,” said Columbus native David
McBride III, 14, who is attending his second Business
Week session. “I learned a lot about money management.”
McBride said he also enjoyed the social interaction
provided by the program.
Andrew Wilson, a 15-year-old from Jackson, said, “I
learned a lot about planning financial stuff . . .
advertising stuff.” He said he would return next year.
First year attendee Madeline Logan, 14, from Newton,
said, “I liked interacting with all the different
people. It was a very good learning experience. I’ll be
back as long as I can.”
Brock believes Business Week is appealing to students
because of the interaction involved and the new friends
made. Because of support from the Hearin Foundation,
Business Week only costs $175, a price that isn’t
indicative of quality. “[Business Week] gives the same
quality of camps that are pricier.”
Alex Hinton, a Steens native who has attended for six
years, said, “It’s a really good program. People should
Business Week, started in 1977, has had more than 2,864
participants since its inception.
Janice Parker, one of the program’s charter students,
said, “I’m glad to know that Business Week is still up
and running . . . Business Week provided me with such a
rewarding experience as a young person--not only did I
learn and receive some foundational principles in
business, I also gained some rewarding social
experiences. I had no idea that such a wonderful
educational program was still available to young
Parker said she hopes to refer some applicants for next
Brock, who is always getting new ideas on how to make
the camp better, said, “We’re looking forward to
planning next year’s camp.”
For information about Business Week, contact the Office
of Continuing Education at (662) 329-7137, email
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