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Sebring, Career Center Students Attend Kent State Business Symposium

Posted Dec. 11, 2012


Dean Nameth speaks at the Business Symposium

Salem - Nearly 60 students from Sebring High School and the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center were welcomed to the recent High School Business Symposium sponsored by Kent State University at Salem and the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. 

The day-long event was held at the Kent State Salem campus and included interactive break-out sessions that allowed students to interact closely with area business professionals and KSU faculty. The students participated in a business quiz bowl, mock interviews, and they learned how to look at the financial side of a business. They also received tips on how to dress for success in any business. 

“We were so pleased by the energy the students brought to the symposium and we can’t wait to begin planning next year’s sessions,” noted Tim McFadden, academic program director for Applied Business Technologies. “The partnership with the Chamber of Commerce is important to making this meaningful to the students and we really appreciate everyone’s help.” 

Students practiced professional interviewing skillsThe breakout sessions were facilitated by Carol Blaine, Insurance Studies faculty member; Dr. Ed Villella, associate professor of Business Management Technologies; and McFadden. The mock interview sessions were held with Audrey Null, executive director of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce; Frank Zamarelli, owner of Salem Computer Center; and Gina Dermotta, office manager for Salem Radiologists.  

Dr. Steve Nameth, dean of the Columbiana County campuses, welcomed the students and challenged them to set big goals. “Every single one of you has the potential to be a Kent State student,” he said. “but if college is not in your sights right now, please make the most of every opportunity that comes your way. Whatever you become, be the best at it.”


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Students from Sebring High School and the CCCTC attended the High Business Symposium on the Kent State Salem campus. 

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