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Midlands Technical College to host Free Enterprise Program for high school students this summer

(Columbia, SC)  Midlands Technical College will host the Free Enterprise Leadership Challenge (FELC) at its Harbison Campus on June 27-30.  FELC is a four-day, learning intensive, non-residential summer camp that teaches important free enterprise principles, principled leadership traits, and supports philanthropic efforts.  Over 8,300 high school students have participated in this program over the last 21 years.

During the week, 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 over $45,000 to small business owners across the world through Kiva.

“Going to the camp not only aroused an interest in me to learn more about the business sector in the economy but helped me make vital connections in both my economics and government class this year,” said Elexis Jenkins, a FELC graduate.  “I appreciated how the camp brought abstract concepts to life in a fun and engaging manner. Leadership has always been a passion of mine and at the camp I was able to re-enforce this passion.”

Students who participate in FELC program:

• Learn principled leadership skills;

• Understand critical free enterprise principles;

• Experience firsthand what it takes to run a successful business;

• 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 2016 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 Harbison Campus.  They should arrive by 8:30 a.m. each day and will be finished by 7:30 p.m.  Lunch and dinner are provided.

Since 1995, the Jesse Helms Center, a non-profit 501c3 organization in Wingate, NC, has provided affordable entrepreneurship education through FELC to students from 27 states and 14 countries. 

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

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