Monday, April 03, 2006

The Fairmont State Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Team will test its educational outreach projects against the projects of other SIFE Teams at the 2006 SIFE Regional Competition and Career Opportunity Fair on Friday, April 7, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

SIFE encourages students to take what they are learning in the classroom and apply it to real-life situations, using their knowledge to make life better in their communities by teaching the principles of free enterprise. The Fairmont State SIFE Team touched the community this year in several ways, including: teaching elementary school students about market economics, co-sponsoring two personal finance seminars with Monongahela Valley Bank and CBC Innovis to help students understand their credit reports, teaching at-risk high school students entrepreneurship in a year-long program sponsored by SIFE through a $5,000 grant from the Marcus Foundation, co-sponsoring success skills workshops with FS Career Services and conducting business ethics sessions in several FS classes.

At competition, teams are judged on how well their projects taught others the principles of free enterprise. Regional champions named at competitions held around the country will present their projects at the 2006 SIFE USA National Exposition, hosted by the Kansas City Business Community, May 21-23 in Missouri. The national champion in the four-year division will travel to Paris, France, to compete at SIFE World Cup 2006.

Founded in 1975 and active on more than 1,200 college and university campuses in 48 countries, SIFE is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with business and higher education to provide students the opportunity to make a difference and to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise.