University of Tennessee

High School Students to Explore Business World through UT Summer Program

May 25, 2014

KNOXVILLE—Thirty-five high school students from the Southeast will learn about office etiquette, personal finance, the business world and potential careers at a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, summer camp that begins Thursday, June 5.

The Business Education for Talented Students program, which runs through June 14, allows students from diverse communities to explore career and educational opportunities in the world of business. The program, which is free to students, is in its seventh year.

Students will participate in team-building activities such as a ropes course and take field trips to PepsiCo, the Knoxville mayor’s office and accounting firm Dixon Hughes in Asheville, North Carolina.

While on campus, the students, from Tennessee and Georgia, will hear from faculty members and business experts. They will learn about various majors offered in UT’s College of Business Administration, including accounting, finance, marketing, economics, human resource management, public administration, enterprise management, supply chain management and business analytics.

Students also will work on their writing and learn more about options available to fund their education.

The week will conclude with the Marketplace competition, a team-based business simulation game that allows the students to run a company as business professionals.

More than 150 high school students from four states have participated in the program. Of the students who have already completed the program, 61 students are now or will be attending UT.

The program is a great recruiting tool, said Tyvi Small, the business college’s director of diversity and community relations. It also gives high school students the opportunity to see what programs the College of Business Administration has to offer and get a sneak peek at college life.

This year’s participants are rising seniors with at least a 3.75 grade point average who were nominated by counselors or community members. The 35 students represent 28 high schools and 17 cities.

Funding for the 2014 BETS program is provided by the PepsiCo Foundation as part of its $420,000 six-year grant to the college’s diversity efforts.

Editor’s note:

Story and photo opportunities during BETS are as follows:

Tuesday, June 10

Noon to 1:20 p.m.—Meeting at Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero’s office and meeting with Russ Jensen, director of the 311 call center, City County Building

Saturday, June 14

10:30 a.m. to noon—Marketplace competition presentations, 203 Haslam Business Building, 1000 Volunteer Blvd.