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Photo Slideshow: Junior Executive Business Program a hit once again

Thursday, July 21 2016 12:00am

8 days. 32 students. 7 teams. A world of difference.

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Each year, the College of Business hosts Junior Executive Business Program, an eight-day, on-campus experience for high school juniors from disproportionally underrepresented backgrounds. This year, we hosted 32 students from Sat., July 9 through Sat., July 16. 

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Sponsored by KeyBank, the program gives students a taste of the college experience. They stay in the dorms, make lifelong friends, and learn about topics ranging from finance to sports administration from professors, alumni, and partners. 

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But it isn’t all work—there are plenty of laughs along the way, too. Students attend a movie night at the local theater, bowl with KeyBank, and even complete a ropes challenge course. 

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Hugh Sherman, dean of the College of Business welcomed this year’s group on campus. He spoke about the transformational learning experience at Ohio University’s College of Business, why he recommends earning a business degree, and the benefits of the Junior Executive Business Program. 

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President Roderick J. McDavis shared his life story with program attendees, focusing on his time at OHIO (as student and as president), and on how he overcame obstacles to reach his career goal. He urged students to be patient; success doesn’t come overnight. 

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Aaron Thomas, program alumnus and owner of Class-A-Sounds, welcomed students to his local business for a tour and presentation. 

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Students also learned about careers during panels with KeyBank, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and career coaches from the College of Business. They were also inspired by speakers such as Eric Peterson, a program alumnus who now is vice president of diversity dealer relations at General Motors. 

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Throughout the week, students worked in teams to complete a business consulting project about financial literacy. They then presented to judges to wrap up the week.

“This year, we dedicated an entire day to working on the project, whereas in the past we’ve held seminars. That time really made a difference in the presentations, because it gave them time to practice,” said Ebony Porter. “Everyone was impressed with how well they did.” 

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Learn more about the Junior Executive Business Program 

To learn more, visit the program website, or watch a video about the 2015 Junior Executive Business Program.

Still have questions? Email cobjrexec@ohio.edu