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School district goes after grants

Businesses asked to help with PBW

September 23, 2010
School officials are looking to businesses to help fund an educational program. The Warren County School District’s board of directors voted unanimously at a recent meeting to approve making the requests. At a previous meeting of the Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Committee, Coordinator of Grants and Foundation Development Matthew Jones said the district has offered PA Business Week at Youngsville High School for a few years in a row. During the event, he said an outside agency brings in a variety of local business people. According to the district’s website, the proposal allows administrators to seek funds from Wal-Mart and Warren-Forest Hi-Ed School to Work program. The proposal asks for $1,500 from each entity, it said. “PA Business Week is an innovative, one-week, in-school program that will be held at Youngsville High School for all students in Grade 11,” according to the grant overview. “Business Week provides high school students with guidance and encouragement to succeed in the 21st century.” Scheduled for the week of January 11, the overview states the Warren County employer base will serve as mentors to YHS students and assist them in developing an understanding of the benefits of the America free enterprise system. Stated goals include learning to work in a team environment, using math skills in real-life situations and learning about careers in the business world. The overview describes the program as a computer simulation students will use to manage a company. Working in management teams, the overview states students will decide product pricing, investing, marketing, production, research and development and human resources. With an immediate due date, the proposal said notification could come by October. If not awarded, district officials may consider other funding sources according to the proposal. The website for Americans for the Competitive Enterprise System Inc. states the organization incorporated Pennsylvania Business Week into its programs in 1999. According to the website, the Manufacturer’s Association of Northwest Pennsylvania developed the program in 1997 in conjunction with Fort LeBoeuf High School.


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