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High school students experience business at ECU

Thursday, 28 June 2012

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High school students from across Perth took an insider’s look at studying business at ECU last week, making their way to the Joondalup campus on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 June to compete in the 2012 ECU Business Experience.

The ECU Business Experience is a business skills competition for Year 10 and 11 students that provides exposure to tertiary-level learning. The students learn new tertiary-level skills, address a case study, and also make a presentation to a panel of industry judges.

This year marks the third anniversary of the competition, with many schools now becoming involved annually. This year’s participating schools were:

  • Belridge Senior High School
  • Carine Senior High School
  • Churchlands Senior High School
  • Hampton Senior High School
  • Irene McCormack Catholic College
  • Kingsway Christian College
  • Lake Joondalup Baptist College
  • Lockridge Senior High School
  • Mater Dei College
  • Perth Modern School
  • Quinns Baptist College

The students enjoyed an ECU Business Edge workshop in the morning, learning important employability skills such as teamwork, communication, time management, and also presentation skills.

They were then separated into their school groups in the Business Edge breakout rooms, and went to work on the case study for four hours, applying the skills they had just learned in the workshop.

Mid-afternoon, the students were taken up to ECU’s Council Chambers to present their case studies to a panel of judges, including:

  • Ms Jenny Devine, Lecturer, ECU School of Management
  • Dr Ian Martinus, Economic Development Advisor, Yanchep Beach Joint Venture
  • Ms Karen Caple, Director of City Businesses, City of Wanneroo

After the presentations, the students and their parents, teachers and principals were invited to the awards function, where the winning teams were announced.

The winning team on day one of the competition was Lake Joondalup Baptist College, and on day two it was Carine Senior High School.

Kingsway Christian College teacher, Mr Anthony Chelliah, found the competition was inspiring for his students, commenting:

“The ECU Business Experience invokes thought, knowledge, and sound experience, exposing the students to decision-making in the real world.”

Mr John Swindells of Irene McCormack Catholic College stated:

“Our students were made to feel very welcome and were exposed to a great challenge which gave them a rare opportunity to draw on a wide range of their skills including research, teamwork, decision-making and presentation skills.”

Students were also very enthusiastic about the competition.

“I loved how it felt like we were studying at ECU,” one said.

“It was an awesome, fun experience. I would love to do it again, I’ve learnt a lot and will definitely be studying business in the future,” said another.

More information

For more information on the ECU Business Experience competition, contact the FBL Marketing team.

Email: fblmarketing@ecu.edu.au

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