State chamber launches high school leadership program

Week-long intensive summer program is open to 100 students

Posted: Wednesday, March 17, 2010

FAIRBANKS - The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce launched the Alaska Business Week program at the Alaska Business Roundtable luncheon March 11 in Juneau.

Courtesy Of Frank Flavin
Courtesy Of Frank Flavin

Modeled after the successful long-running Washington Business Week program, this week-long intensive summer program is open to 100 students, grades nine through 12, held Aug. 8 to 14 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. The goal is to encourage students from all over the state to attend this week-long program.

Students will live on campus in the dormitories and experience what it is like to attend college first-hand. Over the course of the week, they will have an opportunity to have "hands-on" experience of running a company, as well as creating a product or service, and will defend their company policies, business strategies, and financial plans in front of a group of business leaders from communities around the state.

Alaska Business Week is being championed by the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce to encourage businesses and organizations throughout the state.

Business and organization leaders are being asked to consider participating in this worthwhile endeavor in a number of ways, including working as "company advisors" for the week-long program. There are also opportunities to participate by taking part in the judges' panel on Friday morning of the program.

This business week program is conducted on university campuses throughout Washington and 22 other states. Washington Business Week is partnering with the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce to bring this program to Alaska, and future expansion is planned for staging the program in other areas of Alaska in the following years.

Applications are now online through the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, and are going out to high schools and chamber members throughout the state. Tuition is $325 per student, which includes housing, food, and program materials. Transportation to and from Fairbanks is not provided.

For more information, contact the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce at 586-20120 or visit

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