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3 reasons why students should attend Washington Business Week

Monday, May 15, 2017by  Sharlyn Petit

A group of students enjoying Washington Business WeekCreating a business plan, making key business decisions, pitching a business to investors – parents, we bet you didn’t have those items on your summer agenda when you were in high school.

For over 40 years, Washington Business Week has given students an opportunity to learn business fundamentals and build job skills, all within the framework of a dynamic week-long business simulation.

PEMCO has been a longtime sponsor of nonprofit Washington Business Week. Our employees have volunteered their time and talents as company advisors, judges, and board members, and many of our employees’ children have gone through the program.

Employees come back to work with a recharged leadership battery, and those with children in the program notice a few changes, too – having the experience of living on a college campus, students are confident and motivated to pursue what comes next.

If you know a high-school student looking for a unique opportunity this summer, here are three reasons not to miss out on Washington Business Week:

  1. Build lifelong connections. Students from across the state gather to live and learn at one of three college campuses. They work through real-world business challenges while building a strong peer network.

  2. Stretch your skill set. Students gain valuable business skills and walk away from final presentations with an idea of what it takes to succeed in the business world. A nice bonus: Earning 2 college credits!

  3. Learn new things about yourself. Confidence, self-awareness, and hidden leadership talent – it’s amazing what will surface (and stay with students) after just one week.

Here are the campus locations and program dates for summer 2017:

  • Seattle University, Seattle, June 24 – June 30

  • Gonzaga University, Spokane, July 8 – 14

  • Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, July 22 – 28

Learn more about Washington Business Week, or to sign up, visit wbw.org.

Founded by a teacher, PEMCO is proud to support local organizations like Washington Business Week that provide programs to benefit youth and education in our Northwest communities.

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