Midlands Technical College to Host Free Enterprise Program for High School Students this Summer

(Columbia, SC)  Midlands Technical College (MTC) will host the Free Enterprise Leadership Challenge (FELC) at its Beltline Campus on June 18-22.  FELC is a five-day, learning intensive, non-residential summer camp that teaches important free enterprise principles, principled leadership traits, and supports philanthropic efforts.  More than 9,000 high school students have participated in this program over the last 23 years.

“The FELC program and principles coincide with many of the programs MTC offers for students interested in leadership, business, and enterprise,” said Lee Hunt, MTC’s Program Manager for Management and Marketing. “MTC has academic programs in accounting, management, and marketing. The college also training programs in employee and leadership development, as well as a Center for Entrepreneurial Success.”

During the FELC event, students create a company and a product to sell for a real profit. At the end of the week, students have the option to keep their profits or donate the funds to the non-profit organization Kiva.  Kiva is a microfinance website that allows donors to make loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries. FELC graduates have loaned and re-loaned more than $47,000 to small business owners across the world through Kiva.

Students who participate in FELC program at MTC will:
• learn principled leadership skills;
• understand critical free enterprise principles;
• experience firsthand what it takes to run a successful business; and
• increase their academic competitiveness with fun, interactive games, and engaging breakout sessions.

The program is open to students who will be rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors in high school at the start of the 2018 school year. The $50 application fee includes all meals and program costs and materials. Participants will need their own transportation to and from the MTC Beltline Campus.  They should arrive by 8:30 a.m. each day and will be finished by 7:30 p.m. On the last day of camp, participants will be dismissed after a closing ceremony at 3 p.m.

To apply or for more information about FELC, visit the FELC website at FELCexperience.org.

To learn more about MTC’s programs for students pursuing a business career visit midlandstech.edu/career-guide/demand-careers/business-career-programs.

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