Cleary hosts business camp for high school students

Cleary University is offering an opportunity for high school students to step outside the conventional box of problem-solving, and step inside a whole new world of innovative thinking that can build creative confidence personally, academically and professionally.

Innovation and Ideation Business Camp will take place Monday, June 19 through Friday, June 23 from 8:30 am to 3 pm at Cleary University’s Howell campus.

Through this weeklong camp, students will learn the basic principles of innovation and business. They will examine real world problems, devise solutions and explore how to turn their ideas into a functional business.

According to Latasha Ellis, Cleary director of Public Safety and Corporate Sector and co-developer of the business camp, “students will use their curiosity to help build personal and creative confidence and learn how to generate fresh and innovative ideas.”

They will collaborate with other students to identify problems and reframe them in a way that will lead to unique and potentially profitable solutions. During camp students will create prototypes and devise marketing plans using the tools of innovation and ideation they will learn at the Cleary camp.

“In business today, leaders are learning how to drive growth in unique ways, often by reinventing internal processes,” Ellis points out. “In our camp, we will teach high school students some of these basic skills to help them begin thinking creatively and innovatively as effective leaders. This is where the attributes of The Cleary Mind start to build that foundation of learning for students. We will use creative and critical thinking, ethical and powerful skills of persuasion, effective communication, and entrepreneurial leadership – all of the traits businesses seek when hiring their employees. High school is an ideal time to begin introducing these skills that students can build upon as they enter college and the workplace,” Ellis explains.

“This camp is the perfect opportunity for young people to get real life business experience, gain confidence through using design thinking, and have some fun while learning!”

Cleary chose to offer this grant-funded program “to open the doors to opportunities for youth to make their community footprint,” Ellis points out. “Cleary has a responsibility to prepare young people for the future, whether they attend college or choose a different path.”

Cleary’s Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Adam Mayhew, will serve as the camp’s instructor.

Cost for the weeklong camp is $75. To register, call 800.686.1883, ext 401 or send an email to lellis@cleary.edu. Hurry! Only 25 spots are available.

Jaque Valota
Author: Jaque Valota