LEADAMERICA AND BABSON COLLEGE COLLABORATE ON LEADERSHIP AND ENTREPRENEUR CONFERENCE TO KEEP THE DREAM OF COLLEGE ALIVE

High School Students Discover Campus Life and Their Inner Entrepreneur!

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LeadAmerica, one of the nation’s educational leaders in personalized experiential learning designed to better prepare all middle and high school students for their transition to college and future career is working closely with faculty and administration at prestigious Babson College to build a more globally competitive America. 

They are starting where it can make the biggest impact for America’s long-term future — college-bound high school students. It appears that lower test scores are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to American youth in comparison to their international contemporaries. 

The job market is changing, too. Over the past 35 years, the share of U.S. jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree or higher has risen significantly — from 28% to 59%. By the end of this decade, the rate is expected to rise to 63%. The rise is symptomatic of a changing world. 

“Higher education of our children is key to staying competitive globally. Educators, parents, and even students, need to be proactive in the effort. That’s a huge part of our mission,” says Terrence Stecz, CEO of LeadAmerica. “Higher education of our children is key to staying competitive globally. Educators, parents, and even students, need to be proactive in the effort. That’s a huge part of our mission”

“The economic fate of today’s children is tied decisively to their educational success. Likewise, their ability to make positive choices and constructive changes is enhanced when these young people have obtained the milestone of a college degree and beyond. LeadAmerica is partnering with some of the country’s top schools on programs that help middle and high school students be better prepared academically and emotionally for the transition to college life,” notes Andrew Potter, M.A., LeadAmerica’s Director of Academics.

This June, LeadAmerica is collaborating with Babson College, the prestigious Wellesley, Massachusetts’ college, in launching the Leadership & The Entrepreneur Conference. Babson College is rated the Best Business School for Entrepreneurship in the country.

The 10-day conference will immerse these young people in rigorous academics, but that’s only half the experience. Students will experience the Babson campus, getting a feel for what their coming freshman year away from home could be like.

“Many students are anxious about college and all of the decisions and repercussions that are inherent with such a major life event,” Stecz explains.

Dennis Hanno, Dean of Undergraduate School for Babson College goes further, “This conference gives students invaluable insight into themselves, their strengths, their talents and their interests. Programs like this one let students step out of themselves and try something completely different. Our Leadership & The Entrepreneur Conference with LeadAmerica is a great example. By high school, some students may dream of being their own boss. Others have never given being an entrepreneur a second thought. But this conference isn’t just for students who want to someday own their own company. Its implications are far broader. Students challenge their creativity, develop presentation skills, and learn to sell themselves and their ideas — all skills that will be invaluable in college, business and life!”

The Leadership & The Entrepreneur Conference will certainly offer plenty for students lucky enough to attend. Participants will develop their own big idea for a product or business. With the help of some of Babson’s world-class business faculty, they will create their corporate vision and author their own business plan.

“They’ll get to pitch their idea to a panel of mock investors and put together a marketing plan to make their new product fly off the shelves,” notes LeadAmerica’s Potter. “The tone and curriculum are designed to allow students to jump in with both feet and get a real feel for product development and business in general. For entrepreneurs and business leaders of all types, the emerging green economy has boundless potential. It’s exciting and I think these students are going to gain incredible insight.”

LeadAmerica is one of the nation’s most respected youth development organizations devoted to providing acclaimed college-level academic experiences that deliver tangible improvements in college and career readiness. LeadAmerica offers a diverse curriculum, a highly engaging and rigorous academic experience with hands-on interactive workshops and simulations to immerse students in their chosen field or topic. The college-accredited, career-focused conferences are offered for 5 to 10 days and are held in the spring and throughout the summer at other leading universities across the United States. To learn more about LeadAmerica, visit lead-america.org or contact a Program Advisor at 1-866-FYI-LEAD (1-866-394-5323).

About LeadAmerica:

LeadAmerica is one of the nation’s educational leaders in personalized experiential learning designed to better prepare middle and high school students for their transition to college and future career. Its conferences offer outstanding students the opportunity to explore their future path and discover what inspires them the most. Students gain valuable knowledge and the experience of real college life, on campus, at some of the greatest schools in the country. All LeadAmerica curriculums are college-accredited and have been approved by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) for the seventh consecutive year. http://www.lead-america.org/

Contacts 
LeadAmerica
Frances Saleh, 561-368-8085
Director, Brand Management
fsaleh@lead-america.org

Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., is recognized internationally as a leader in entrepreneurial management education. Babson grants BS degrees through its innovative undergraduate program, and grants MBA and custom MS and MBA degrees through the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Babson Executive Education offers executive development programs to experienced managers worldwide. For information, visit www.babson.edu.


By Michael Chmura, mchmura@babson.edu, 781-239-4549 | 05/19/2011 06:00