KSCD students attend Free Enterprise Week

WILLIAMSPORT — Central Mountain High School and Bucktail High School students attended Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week 2019 this past summer on the campuses of Lycoming College or Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week is a weeklong economic education program that offers students an inside look at the private enterprise system and the way the free market functions.

Those students in attendance were Felicia Baney, Lindsay Borges, Caitlyn Dale, Hayle Evans, Lauren Heverly, Frederick (Erick) Hoy, Skylar Lininger, Gwen Marquardt, McKenna Mayes, Cassandra Packer, Jessica Piergallini, Zoe Resto, Kyla Waite, and Jacob Watson.

During the week, students form companies that compete against other student companies for the equivalent of three years using a college level simulation. Business volunteers serve as company advisors who mentor the students as they face many of the same decisions real executives confront every day.

The companies compete against each other in the areas of management skill, return on net assets, a marketing and advertising campaign, and a presentation to stockholders. Company advisors do not make decisions for their team but suggest available options and share their own experiences and challenges.

Scholarship winners learn the value of teamwork, communication, cooperation, and leadership. Dozens of world-class speakers present seminars and discussions covering topics like the relationships of business with labor, government, and consumers. The students also hear talks about business ethics, management and leadership skills, the economic system future, the global marketplace, money and banking, business operations, careers in business, marketable skills, and much more.

Totally funded, taught, and staffed by the Pennsylvania business community, PFEW is supported by eight manufacturer’s associations, more than 100 chambers of commerce, and more than 800 companies.

Scholarship contributors from Clinton County for 2019 were the Clinton County Community Foundation, First Quality Enterprises, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Harris, Susquehanna Transit Company, Wayne Township, and Woolrich, Inc.

Now in its 40th year of operation, PFEW’s governing body is the Foundation for Free Enterprise Education, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information, please contact the Foundation at (814) 833-9576 or visit www.pfew.org.