Central Washington University has geared up to host Washington Business Week (WBW) students for the 40th consecutive year. The annual summer program (July 25-29), sponsored by the Association of Washington Business, helps high school students prepare to enter the workforce through teaching them business skills, while instilling in them the confidence and honing the values they need to succeed.
WBW serves more than 3,000 teens annually, from throughout the state, through summer camps and in-school community programs. They feature businesses leaders and working professionals, from a variety of careers such as advanced business, construction, healthcare, and manufacturing.
In Ellensburg this year, about 190 students will be involved in a program that will feature agriculture and energy tracks. Many of them are from GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) from the Brewster, Easton, Highland, Lake Chelan, Manson, Omak, Oroville, Quincy, Richland, Tonasket, and Wenatchee school districts.
The CWU GEAR-UP partnership serves 5,400 middle and high school students in those school districts.