Drexel University's LeBow College of Business and Junior Achievement Partner to encourage high school students to become entrepreneurs

Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business and Junior Achievement Partner to encourage high school students to become entrepreneurs

Philadelphia—Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business will partner with Junior Achievement (JA) of Delaware Valley, Inc. for the JA Company Program during the 2006-2007 school year. Members of the LeBow College Executive MBA Alumni Association will mentor high school students as they conceptualize, found and operate their own companies during the program.

Dr. George P. Tsetsekos, dean of LeBow College of Business, will announce the partnership at a kickoff celebration on Monday, September 25, 2006, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Krall Center on the fourth floor of the Pearlstein Business Learning Center at Drexel University. “Our Executive MBA alumni are volunteering their time and expertise for the development of responsible business leaders,” said Dr. Tsetsekos. “Our partnership with Junior Achievement provides a long-lasting benefit to the business community and promotes a foundation for success which young people can develop in their academic careers and into their professional lives.”

Junior Achievement of Delaware Valley selected approximately 20 students from high schools in the five-county Philadelphia region to participate in the program which runs from October 2006 to January 2007. Junior Achievement educates and inspires young people to value free enterprise and understand how knowledge of business and economics can improve the quality of their lives. Students will form company teams and compete while becoming versed in virtually every aspect of business, from developing business plans and organizing an initial public offering to selling products and/or services.

Drexel Executive MBA alumni volunteers will coach students and share the knowledge and the skills they have attained through LeBow’s Executive MBA program and their own career experiences. The volunteers were chosen from a variety industries and professions to provide the students with career advice in addition to guidance on their JA business ventures.

At an early age, Junior Achievement helped me gain the skills I needed to enter the world of entrepreneurship,” said Karen Jehanian ‘00, member of the Drexel Executive MBA Alumni Association and president and owner of KMJ Consulting, Inc., who participated in Junior Achievement in high school. “The advisors nurtured my interest in business and gave me skills I needed to be successful.”

About Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business
Recognized by BusinessWeek, Entrepreneur, Financial Times, Forbes/The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report for superior programs, Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business empowers, enriches and inspires future business leaders through an innovative, strategic approach to business education defined by leadership and ethics, industry perspectives and technological orientation. It is accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business—and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and executive education programs. The Krall Center for Corporate and Executive Education cultivates leaders by providing innovative customized and open executive education programs.

About Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating young people about business, economics and free enterprise. Worldwide, over six million K-12 students experience JA programs in 145 area operations in the United States and 100 countries around the world. Through a dedicated volunteer network, JA provides in-school and after-school programs for students in grades K-12. JA offers educational programs that focus on seven key content areas: business, citizenship, economics, entrepreneurship, ethics/character, financial literacy, and career development. In the 2005-06 school year, Junior Achievement of Delaware Valley will impact the lives of over 25,000 students in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. For additional information, visit www.jainpa.org