Berkeley College Sponsors Youth Business Olympics in Westchester County


Contact:  Ilene Greenfield
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In partnership with the African-American Men of Westchester (AAMW), the Business Council of Westchester, and the Westchester County Association, Berkeley College recently sponsored the 6th Annual Westchester Youth Business Skills Olympics. The purpose is to introduce students to the world of business, to teach them valuable skills in problem-solving and to help them learn to work collaboratively. Teams of students from 14 high schools competed in the day-long event by reviewing a Harvard Business School auto industry case, examining the struggle between Canadian and American labor unions and General Motors.
“What a privilege to see the teams’ tremendous vitality and interest in working together toward a successful solution,” said Berkeley College Westchester Campus Operating Officer Cynthia Rubino, one of the judges. “Westchester County will continue to thrive because these students will bring their strengths to our workforce.”
Co-Chairman of the Youth Business Skills Committee for the AAMW, Bernard B. Thombs, remarked, “It’s important for students to understand that once they finish high school, they’re going to be put into situations in either school or employment that will require them to work well with others. The Youth Business Olympics also helps the business community realize we have a talented pool of young people ready and willing to take on the challenges of employment in the county as we move forward.”
The students were asked to review the case and present solutions on how to create a balance between the needs of the workers in both countries who were in conflict, and make General Motors profitable. They were to keep in mind the financial, political, social and economic consequences of their recommendation and strive for the best outcome.
Each of the teams had an adult facilitator to help the team focus on the issue and work through the problem together. The winning teams – representing Alexander Hamilton High School in Elmsford; Saunders and Roosevelt high schools in Yonkers (tied for 2nd Place) and Valhalla High School in Valhalla – together with their families, schools and other officials, were honored and received awards at a special dinner reception held at Berkeley College.
A leader in business education for 79 years, Berkeley College maintains an enrollment of more than 8,000 students, including 665 international students in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College has two New York campuses in Midtown Manhattan and White Plains, an Extension Center in Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area, and four New Jersey campuses located in Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson), Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark. In addition, the College offers Berkeley College Online and Corporate Learning Partnerships. Concentrations are offered in more than 20 career fields, and all campuses are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College’s website address is
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