Bethel to Host the First TCU/JA Titan Challenge

High school students will become “CEO” for the day in a friendly competition called the TCU/JA Titan Challenge at Bethel College in Goodman Gymnasium on Mar. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bethel will award $56,000 in scholarships to winning students, while Teachers Credit Union (TCU) and their foundation will award an overall total of $10,000 to the winning schools.

Sponsored by TCU and coordinated by the local Junior Achievement (JA) program, the Titan Challenge is a computer simulated competition that JA has developed for schools and students. More than 55 juniors and seniors will compete in the program to make all the decisions required to run a business. Those include decisions about pricing, production, marketing, research, development and capital investments. The goal will be to see who runs the most effective business model and makes the most money at the end of the competition.

“This is import because it gives the students an early perspective of what it takes to run a business successfully.  Given our current economic crises, this is more important than ever,” says JA Coordinator Nick Dalton.

 Students attending come from these local high schools: Penn (Mishawaka, Ind.); John Adams (South Bend, Ind.); Marian (Mishawaka, Ind.); St. Joseph (South Bend, Ind.); Riley (South Bend, Ind.); John Glenn (Walkerton, Ind.); New Prairie (New Carlisle, Ind.); Watervliet (Watervliet, Mich.).

 JA Worldwide is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Locally, JA of Michiana covers the counties of St. Joseph, Marshall and LaPorte in Indiana, and Berrien and Cass counties in Michigan. If you are interested in participating in JA, call 269.983.7579.