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CEO joins forces with Junior Achievement

Several CEO students led by President Taylor Spencer and Executive VP Meredith Orr meet on a weekly basis with around 15-20 high school students from the Abilene area. The group meets most Monday nights on the first floor of COBA. Spencer and his team serve as volunteers along side local non-profit organization Junior Achievement.

Th organization’s purpose is to “inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.” The is program is offered nationwide and is “dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices.” The after-school program has a format similar to that of Venture Out, which is a group project seen in ACU’s Intro to Business course. Groups of 3-5 work together in cultivating a start-up concept. The objective is for students to learn how to generate a valuable idea and successfully communicate how they intend to execute this plan.

Numerous weeks of preparation in product/service development, marketing, sales, etc. will all come to fruition when the students participate in ACU’s SpringBoard Competition taking place at the end of this Spring semester. Students will be given the opportunity to pitch their ideas to local judges. The winning team will receive a $10,000 prize in the form of scholarships.

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