Drexel University's LeBow College of Business prepares area high school students for academic and pr

More than 170 ambitious high school students from across the Greater Philadelphia area will spend part of the summer developing business skills at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business’ Camp LeBow. Students will learn from renowned LeBow College of Business faculty, develop leadership skills and become versed in the many aspects of business that will benefit them when applying to college or seeking employment.

The Philadelphia area has many talented high school students who will one day make exceptional business leaders,” said George P. Tsetsekos. “Camp LeBow offers them the opportunity to hone their leadership ability and gain experience that will lead to more successful academic and professional careers.”

Participants at Camp LeBow – which is held on Drexel’s University City Campus – will also learn how to work together in teams and compete in a business simulation contests. Prizes awarded to first and second place winners include iPod portable media players. All students who complete any Camp LeBow session will receive a $1,000 scholarship for an undergraduate education at Drexel University. Camp LeBow sessions began June 25 and will continue through July 29. Students can choose one of the following four programs in which to learn:

Camp Business (July 16 -26, 19-29) is in its seventh year and sponsored by Commerce Bank. Students examine the disciplines of accounting, marketing, finance and management, and learn the core concepts of business including leadership, professional image, etiquette, team building and strategy. Students form teams and demonstrate their acquired knowledge through a business simulation project about business. The top team will each receive an IBM laptop computer from Commerce Bank. Students completing the Camp Business program will also be given an opportunity to interview at Commerce Bank.

Startup! (July 23 to 27), which has been running for three years, begins with a site visit to the Tasty Baking Company , where learn entrepreneurship within the context of a real company. Startup!, with faculty from the Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology, cultivates entrepreneurial skills that promote success in business and in life. Entrepreneurial topics examined include: strategy and market development, sales and customer service, product development and positioning, and proposal development and presentation

Camp Impact (June 25 – 29), in its second year, familiarizes students with essential stages of marketing: developing a target audience, creating a product, promoting it, and delivering a great customer experience. They will learn how to execute a major marketing campaign and learn techniques for making a winning presentation to colleagues or clients. Camp Impact concludes in a Board of Directors presentation in which students present before an expert panel of judges.

Camp XChange (June 25 - 29), also in its second year, is a dynamic program that enables participants to gain an overview of trading through firsthand experience in LeBow College’s electronic trading lab. Students develop skills needed for careers in corporate financial management, investing and the public sector. Participants spend their mornings learn about trading in various markets including the New York Exchange and NASDAQ. Camp XChange culminates with a visit to the Philadelphia Stock Exchange.

Students participating in Camp LeBow average a 3.66 GPA and have an average score of more than 1200 on the SAT.