The AACSB-accredited College of Business at Clayton State University’s inaugural Summer Entrepreneurship and Business Academy (SEBA) for high school students attracted a diverse group on 20 participants from Clayton, Henry, Fayette, Fulton and DeKalb counties to Clayton State this summer. A group of students from public high schools, private schools and magnet schools attended the program, which was designed to help prepare students for the future by providing a unique and exciting hands-on learning experience.
According to what some of the attendees took away from the week-long program, SEBA was a success.
“This week, I learned a lot more than I thought I would. Not only have I learned business, ethics and codes of ethics that I didn’t know about the real world, I also learned a lot about myself,” says Mt. Zion Magnet School’s Taylor Tinsley. “There were a lot of realizations about myself and about other people and how to work with other people, strangers that you didn’t even know two weeks ago.
“I definitely recommend SEBA for other high schoolers because it teaches you communication, and cooperation. That’s something that a lot of high schoolers need because, you know, high school is tough. It is always going to be tough. It is good to be able know things about people first hand and that’s what SEBA teaches you.”
Akiah Dunlap, a Clayton County resident who attends Grace Christian Academy in Fayette County, also learned a lot at SEBA.
“I’ve learned so much about the college life, the major I want, and more majors I might go into because of this camp,”: she says. “It opened a whole spectrum of doors.
“I told my friends because this is a great opportunity for them coming up as seniors. I’ve learned so much in a short time, and has impacted me in ways that I can’t even express.”
“Our primary purpose for SEBA was to prepare students for life after high school and beyond,” notes College of Business Dean Dr. Alphonso Ogbuehi. “We were very pleased that 20 students successfully participated in this inaugural program. The students left the University with a new understanding of themselves and the world around them. They also learned about the various programs and opportunities for study at Clayton State University.”
The conclusion all parties reaches about SEBA was that the academy challenged students to think critically and provided them with a taste of college life. SEBA was moderated by Clayton State professors from the accounting, finance, management and marketing fields, and the topics covered included entrepreneurship, business, ethics, free enterprise, teamwork, and personal skills.