June 9, 2015 12:38 pm

Award-winning student club is all Business

The student-led Business Club is inviting the local business leaders to the classroom setting so they can see what high schoolers are learning, and celebrate the students’ accomplishments over the school year.

Jordan McFarlen / Campbell Collegiate
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REGINA – Students at Campbell Collegiate are rolling out the Red Carpet for Regina’s Business Community Wednesday evening.

The student-led Business Club is inviting the local business leaders to the classroom setting so they can see what high schoolers are learning, and celebrate the students’ accomplishments over the school year.

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The Business Club at Campbell Collegiate started in 2012 and since its inception Regina’s Business community has been very welcoming, inviting students to various events in the community to watch awards and speeches. The club also has successful entrepreneurs giving in-class presentation to the students on how to run a successful business.

“We want students to know once you graduate you still have a connection with the Campbell Business Program. Our current students know our past students and know they can come back to create a community feel,” said Campbell Collegiate Business teacher Jordan McFarlen.

Students at Campbell Collegiate have benefited a great deal from having the Business Club in their school.

“Many of them (Business Community) have acted like mentors and inspiration for myself which is a big part of who I am and what I want to do in the future,” mentioned student Abdullah Khawaja.

“You can’t necessarily learn everything from a text book, and we try to bring business people in who have gone through experiences and rough patches and try to learn from that,” said Business Club member Janelle Salm.

For some, membership has led to great summer job opportunities.

“Some of the students have found some pretty solid summer jobs out of the program like a summer internship for the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, or a position with Conexus,” added McFarlen.

“For parents it’s also nice to know there are potential career opportunities if their child chooses to pursue business.”

Not only has the Business Club been good for students to learn about the job force, but for some it has helped them find their calling when it comes time to choosing their major at a post-secondary institution.

“Deciding to go into business (in post-secondary) I wasn’t sure which specific sector I would like to be a part of. The Business Club specifically has helped me get a feel of the different variations of business there are. We have all these different departments like marketing, communications, sponsorship, etc. Working in those departments has been a preview of what is to actually come which has really helped me learn where my strengths and abilities lie,” added Khawaja .

“I had an interest in business and I didn’t quite realize at the beginning how much I would become involved and how much it would have an impact on me. Now I’m going to post-secondary in business all because of the business program,” stated Salm.

For the faculty at Campbell Collegiate it’s rewarding to see the program help students shape their future.

“It’s nice as a teacher to see the growth and development of students while they are enrolled in the business program,” added McFarlen.

As an added bonus for all the hard work that goes into the program at Campbell Collegiate, it has been named the SK Business School of the Year for four straight years by the Saskatchewan Business Teachers Association.

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