Program intends to prepare high schoolers for life, business
Students from Lakeville North, Lakeville South and Rosemount high schools were among 350 high schoolers selected to recently attend BestPrep’s Minnesota Business Venture, a week-long summer business and career skills camp.
The program helped them prepare for life after high school, learn how to start their own business and improve their financial literacy skills.
Alex Davis, a 2013 Lakeville North graduate, said the opportunity helped him to learn as much about the business world as he could before starting at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse this fall pursuing a double major in business and music.
At the camp, Davis and his team invented the smartDESK, a big touch-screen desk primarily for classroom work that facilitates the distribution of tests, homework and daily work sheets.
“We figured out how we needed to market, distribute and finance our idea,” Davis said.
The camp is held in partnership with the Herberger Business School at St. Cloud State University and the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship at St. John’s University.
Students attending from local schools were: Lakeville North High School: Alex Davis, David Bock, Haley Schindler, Eric Baklund, Nicholas Lieser; Lakeville South High School: Keeghan Pingel, Trevor Gittus, and Hunter Peterson; Rosemount High School: Brandon Wong-Parker, Ellie Meisinger and Geethika Gutta.
Each student received a sponsorship of at least $1,000 to cover room and board, food, and activities fees.
Applications are available in February at www.bestprep.org.