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Clarkson School Of Business Holds Retreat For Area Business Teachers

Professors from the Clarkson University School of Business recently shared valuable information on the latest trends in business technology, technical communications, management and entrepreneurship with 21 area high school business teachers at a professional retreat co-sponsored by the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES and the Clarkson School of Business. The retreat was part of the St. Lawrence County’s Superintendents’ Conference Day held at Clarkson’s Bertrand H. Snell Hall.

“Clarkson University is a wonderful resource for teachers in the St. Lawrence County schools,” said Prudence Posner, supervisor of the School Improvement Office at St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES and an organizer of the event. “The conference day for area business teachers was a great opportunity to get insight into business education trends at the university level, and find out more about Web-based instruction and some of the newest computer-based management tools.”

School of Business Dean Timothy F. Sugrue welcomed retreat participants and provided an overview of the new business curriculum at Clarkson. The conference agenda included a series of seminars hosted by Clarkson faculty members on business education-related topics, including:  a hands-on seminar on enterprise resource planning (EPR) systems and the use of SAP software; a demonstration of an Internet-based technical communications course; and a presentation highlighting the Small Business Development Center’s services that are available to high schools and budding entrepreneurs. At the day’s final session, Marc Compeau, Clarkson director of Leadership and Entrepreneurship Programs, used a group work simulation to demonstrate foundations of leadership and team building.

“Several teachers have indicated an interest in working with Clarkson faculty on school-based projects, including entrepreneurial competitions and project simulations,” Posner said. “My office at BOCES will be working to make this kind of joint effort possible. We look forward to continuing opportunities to bring the region’s public school business teachers together with Clarkson School of Business faculty.”

The event was planned jointly by Sandra Zuhlsdorff, Brent Faber and Marc Compeau of Clarkson, with St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES School Improvement Supervisor Prudence Posner, Brasher Falls Central School business teacher Ann Norton and Colton Pierrepont Central School business teacher Sheila Harrington.

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