Middle and High School Students Become CEOs for a Day at Bethel

Middle and high school students will become “CEO” for the day in a friendly competition known as the TCU/JA Titan Challenge on Friday, March 8 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bethel College in Goodman Gymnasium, located inside the Wiekamp Athletic Center.

Sponsored by Bethel College, Competitive Edge, Gates Automotive Group, Teacher’s Credit Union (TCU), the TCU Foundation and Jones Obenchain LLP 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.

There will be 29 teams participating from local schools like: Penn (Mishawaka, Ind.); John Glenn (Walkerton, Ind.); New Prairie (New Carlisle, Ind.); LaSalle Intermediate Academy (South Bend, Ind.); and South Bend Career Academy (South Bend, Ind.).

Bethel and the TCU Foundation will award scholarships to the top three teams.

Bethel Awards

1st Place Team – $2,000 each

2nd Place Team - $1,000 each

3rd Place Team - $500 each

TCU Foundation Awards

1st Place Team – $650 each

2nd Place Team - $400 each

3rd Place Team - $200 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 serves the Michiana counties of St. Joseph, Marshall and Elkhart in Indiana; and Berrien and Cass Counties in Michigan. If you are interested in participating in JA, call 574-360-2764.

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 2,000 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.