Bethel to Host the Second TCU/JA Titan Challenge


High school students will become “CEO” for the day in a friendly competition known as the TCU/JA Titan Challenge. The event takes place at Bethel College in Goodman Gymnasium on Mar. 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bethel will award 12 scholarships and Teacher’s Credit Union (TCU) will do the same.

Sponsored by TCU and coordinated by the Junior Achievement (JA) program of Michiana, the Titan Challenge is a computer-simulated competition that JA has developed for schools and students. Such decisions like pricing, production, marketing, research and development and capital investments are made by students in order to run a business efficiently. The goal is to see who runs the most effective business model and makes the most money by the time the competition is over. High school 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.

“My favorite part of the event is to watch the kids compete. They work together as a team, competing against other schools and teams. They have a lot of fun, but make some very difficult business decisions along the way,” says JA President Nick Dalton.

Students attending come from these local high schools: Penn (Mishawaka, Ind.); John Glenn (Walkerton, Ind.); John Adams (South Bend, Ind.); Watervliet (Watervliet, Mich.); Jimtown (Elkhart, Ind.). The JA program hopes to add other schools in order to attain 25 teams, four per team.

Business Department Chair Peggy Jarusewic and Terry Zeitlow, vice president for institutional advancement, will present the Bethel scholarships to winners. The first-place team members will each receive $2,000 each; second place will receive $1,000 each; and third place will receive $500 each.

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. 

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.