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From Accounting to Leadership: 2024 Summer Academies Are a Success

July 24, 2024

The College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP) wrapped up its successful 2024 Summer Academies in June, continuing a tradition that highlights business and public policy fields through interactive engagement led by CBPP professors and Anchorage School District teachers.

This year’s program, generously sponsored by Northrim Bank, attracted 66 middle school and high school students. Over the course of two weeks, they learned about a number of topics. "My child came home telling me all about taxes and making a profit in business,” said one parent. “They clearly learned a lot!"

"My child loved being able to talk directly to people in the industry and going out into the community to learn,” said another parent.

Engaging Activities Spark Interest

Professor Stasia Straley's Accounting Academy is offered to both middle and high school students. Students participated in the Get Real Financial Reality Fair, simulated stock market trading with Junior Achievement, and learned how to run a store: from purchasing supplies to creating and selling a product.

The Hospitality Academy, led by Professor Amy Green, included inspiring field trips to local hotels and restaurants. Students enjoyed lunch and a tour at 49th State Brewing Company, a cheese tasting at Fromagio's Artisan Cheese, and a hands-on cooking class at The Dirty Apron. “Traveling to many different businesses and establishments was something I hadn't done before in a class,” said a student. “It allowed for a firsthand look at how businesses work and function."

Ms. Stacy Miller and Ms. Amanda Cash, ASD teachers from King Tech High School, led the Entrepreneurship Academy, leading students through the process of developing a business plan. The academy culminated in exciting “shark tank” style presentations to mock investors to showcase the budding entrepreneurs’ creativity and business knowledge.

Supply chain management is critical, especially in Alaska. Students learned about the role this sector plays in the global economy during Dr. Zhi Tao's Supply Chain Management Academy. Offered for the first time this year, the academy delved into the world of logistics to give students a look at what it takes to move goods efficiently.

The College of Business and Public Policy is dedicated to preparing future leaders, and the Leadership Academy is always a popular option for students. Led by Dr. Terry Nelson, CBPP’s interim dean, students explored the characteristics of effective leadership. They tackled a case study and participated in a simulation game that provided practical experience in leadership roles.

"We loved every aspect of the Academy,” said a parent. “My child learned so much in such a short time and was excited every day to tell us about it."

The UAA College of Business and Public Policy's free Summer Academies offer a unique opportunity to explore the world of business through engaging activities led by professors and teachers who are passionate about helping students develop their skills and interests.

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Thank you to Northrim Bank

CBPP has strong partnerships with the Alaska business community, and these help us provide a quality education that prepares leaders for a rapidly changing world. We are grateful to Northrim Bank for helping make the CBPP 2024 Summer Academies possible.

Get on the List

The CBPP Summer Academies are scheduled just after the end of the regular academic year and are a popular option for students who are looking for engaging activities before starting a summer job or traveling. Students interested in our 2025 Academies should complete this inquiry form to be notified when registration opens in spring 2025.