Students in Free Enterprise team named regional champs

April 16, 2012

The Penn State Altoona SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) team was named Regional Champion at the SIFE USA Regional Competition held April 4, in Baltimore, Md.

Competing as one of 35 teams, Penn State Altoona students presented a 24-minute, multimedia summary of the educational outreach projects they developed and implemented throughout the year. They were judged by a panel of distinguished business leaders on how well they created economic opportunity by educating others. As regional champions, the team will travel to Kansas City, Mo., to compete against other SIFE USA Regional Champions from around the country at the SIFE USA National Exposition, May 22-24.
Some of the projects highlighted in the team’s presentation included the ongoing collaboration with the Blair County Drug and DUI courts in which participants learn necessary skills to apply for and gain employment. There has been a 60 percent job placement rate since the project’s inception in 2005. This year, the team worked with Family Services of Blair County to present the program at the Emergency Shelter, which also resulted in a 60 percent job placement rate.
The team also presented on its partnership with a local businesswoman to turn her publishing company into a nonprofit organization, its work in Rwanda to expand economic opportunities, develop a global marketplace for crafts, and expand educational sponsorship opportunities for the children, and its Go Green project.
In additional to competition, students had the opportunity to interview for jobs and internships during a Career Fair with representatives from SIFE partner companies.
SIFE is an international nonprofit organization that brings together the leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business.

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Last Updated April 17, 2012