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Alaska Credit Union League Sponsors Alaska Business Week Program

June 30, 2010

The Alaska Credit Union League is the newest sponsor of the upcoming Alaska Business Week program to be held at the UAF campus August 8-14.  As part of their sponsorship, the League is providing ten scholarships for Alaska high school students from the Anchorage area, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai, Kodiak and Interior Alaska.  

“Our Credit Union members are pleased to be able to provide these scholarships to encourage high school students to discover their leadership potential.  We believe this is an investment in the future business leaders of Alaska,” said Lauren MacVay, Chair of the Alaska Credit Union League.  The League is composed of 12 credit unions located throughout the state.

This weeklong discovery-learning program is a hands-on leadership training experience specifically designed for high school students. Whether a student knows what they will be doing after high school, or is still considering all the options, this program increases awareness of their skills and capabilities, and helps them to develop their focus in so many ways. The magic of this program is the direct involvement of business leaders who mentor the student companies and lead them to a winning strategy. 

Competing with other companies, students gain hands-on management skills as they strategize their production, marketing and finance decisions, as well as respond to issues pertaining to personnel, the environment and corporate responsibility. This program transforms students as they gain confidence in themselves when facing real life business challenges. At the end of the week, students defend their companies in front of a panel of business leaders, and produce a product or service to be presented to potential ‘stockholders’ for investment purposes.

Thanks to two recent sponsors, free round-trip transportation is available to Fairbanks from Anchorage on the Alaska Railroad so students can participate in Alaska Business Week.  In addition, ERA Alaska has generously offered 20 round-trip tickets from the communities they serve throughout Alaska, and a 25% discount for any additional tickets after the 20 are awarded.

Tuition for the weeklong program is $325, which covers housing, food, program materials and activity fees. A total of ten League scholarships will be awarded to students from the Anchorage area, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai, Kodiak and Interior Alaska. Please contact the Alaska State Chamber for more details.

Application deadline is July 31st.  Forms and details can be found at: www.alaskachamber.com.

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