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Klamath Community College Hosts High School Business Academy
Approximately 115 high school business students and their teachers attended the second annual Business Academy Workshop, “Accelerate Your Competitive Edge,” on Friday, September 19 on the Klamath Community College campus. This event is coordinated each year by Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), a student business club at KCC, with the assistance of SOESD and the Klamath Basin school districts.
The event offers students an opportunity to sharpen their skills as future competitors both in high school club (FBLA and DECA) competitions and in the business world. The skill-based workshops were taught by local business professionals and KCC faculty. Workshop topics included search engine marketing, business web design, public speaking and presentation, advertising and publicity, and business math. KCC President Gerald Hamilton introduced Klamath County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Chip Massie for the keynote presentation, in which Chip reminded the students of the need to create and build on relationships in business.
Businesses participating in the event and presentations this year were: JELD-WEN, Inc., The Ledge, Ross Ragland Theater, New NW Broadcasters, Marchex, Bi-Mart, and Quackenbush Coffee. The Small Business Development Center, WorkSource Klamath, and several KCC student clubs were also onsite to offer resources to students.
The idea of this workshop began several years ago as brainstorming between two business club advisers looking for a way to connect their clubs with the business industry. Those advisers were Linda Davenport, KCC’s Business Education Chair and adviser to the SIFE club, and Ann Strunk, SOESD’s CTE Specialist and FBLA club adviser at Henley High School. They decided the workshops were a way to work collaboratively and provide skills that are difficult to provide in the high school classroom. Additional benefits are that the workshops meet the goals of the community college’s Pathways program and career-related learning skills for the high schools.