For the past two Fridays, Philadelphia University hosted educational programs for more than 250 regional high school students interested in business and entrepreneurship.
The students, hailing from high schools in Philadelphia, West Chester, York and Upper Merion, are members of DECA, a program that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management, and which has chapters at high schools and colleges around the globe.
PhilaU faculty presented workshops on interdisciplinary learning, creative design processes, entrepreneurship, business models and systems thinking. In addition, PhilaU students who belonged to DECA in high school served as judges for mock interviews.
The partnership with DECA allows participants to learn about the value of design thinking and helps high schools develop business- and marketing-based curriculums for students, said Justin O’Pella, assistant dean for academic administration, Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce.