Area high school students get taste of business world through summit at Montgomery Campus

Dr. Carmen Lewis addresses students at the Montgomery Campus Youth Business Summit on April 19.

Dr. Carmen Lewis addresses students at the Montgomery Campus Youth Business Summit on April 19.

Students from three area high schools recently got a taste of what it takes to be successful in the business world during a one-day Youth Business Summit on April 19 at Troy University Montgomery.

Close to 60 students from Carver, Lanier and Prattville high schools attended workshops on such topics as Dressing for Success, Personal Finance, Managing People, Team Building and financial literacy during the first ever Youth Business Summit to be held at the Montgomery Campus.

“The purpose of the Summit was to enlighten high school students about careers in business through engagement in workshops related to entrepreneurship, accounting and finance, leadership, human resources,” said Amy Waters, director of community outreach at the Montgomery Campus. “The summit also provided students with the opportunity to network with local professionals and discuss best practices to achieving their career goals.”

Students also had the opportunity to compete for scholarships through a Business Plan competition. The team from Prattville High School took first place honors in the Business Plan competition, while the team from Carver took second place. Both teams won Troy University scholarships.

The event came to a close with a panel discussion, featuring Alisa Benson, TROY alumna and chief school financial officer for the Autauga County Board of Education; William Filmore, TROY alumnus and a member of Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s Legislative Affairs staff; Dr. Sherry Stearns-Boles, director of the Center for Student Success on the Montgomery Campus; and, Lee Ammons, Montgomery Campus director of admissions.

TROY Montgomery intends to host the event again next year.