B-school Environment, Trips to Conoco Phillips & Texans
Highlight Inaugural Summer Business Camp at UH Bauer
This July, the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business launched an innovative summer camp for top local high school students interested in exploring a degree and eventual career in business.
The 2010 Bauer Summer Business Institute hosted 28 Houston-area high school students for a three-day immersion into the business discipline, including workshops and site visits to Houston companies, most notably ConocoPhillips and the Houston Texans.
“The idea for the camp was the product of many conversations with students, parents and educators both here on campus and out in the community,” said Leslie Killian, Assistant Director for Outreach in the college’s Office of Undergraduate Business Programs.
UH Bauer student leaders volunteered as ambassadors during the Business Institute, mentoring the participants and sharing their own experiences with business courses, internships and networking.
“It’s tough for most high school students to envision themselves post-college, and the concept of ‘what am I really going to be doing 40+ hours a week?’ doesn’t always crystallize before having to choose a major,” Killian added. “We’ve designed the Business Institute to help broaden students’ imaginations and prepare them for a real-world career in business and hopefully, in Houston.”
A select number of applicants to the Business Institute were admitted based on a review of test scores and short answer essays that evaluated a student’s aptitude for business learning.
Participants said speaking one-on-one with Bauer students and business leaders brought to light many questions they had about working in the field of business. During one portion, students had lunch with a group of Bauer alumni who shared their success as entrepreneurs starting businesses immediately after college.
“At the entrepreneurship luncheon, I had the chance to speak with someone who started a business providing textbooks to third world nations for education. I plan to help the poor somehow in the future through business,” said Nabeel Ahmad, a student at Seven Lakes High School in Katy, Texas.
Others said the experience piqued their interest in business and inspired them to pursue a business education down the road.
“I really enjoyed every activity, and my eyes were opened to the real world of business,” said Joshua Jackson, a student at Michael DeBakey High School in Houston. “The University of Houston is now definitely one of my top choices as a college.”
The Bauer Summer Business Institute will continue as a yearly offering for high school students in the Houston area. Dates and application information will be available on the Bauer prospective student website in February 2011.
By Lori Reichardt