Campus: CSU Bakersfield -- July 3, 2002
Bakersfield Business Executives Share their Knowledge with CSU Bakersfield Students
Bakersfield business executives are sharing their knowledge with students
enrolled in Enterprise College, a three-week course on the essentials
of economics that is under way at California State University, Bakersfield.
The course, offered by CSUB and the Kern High School District, is open
to high school students entering their senior year, and also to college
Among business leaders speaking to the class are Jeff Green of Grimway
Farms (July 2), George Martin of Borton Petrini & Conron law firm
(July 9), and Morgan Clayton of Tel-Tec Security Systems (July 12).
The class will also tour State Farm Insurance Cos. on Wednesday (July
Enterprise College is a win-win-win course, said Abbas Grammy, chair
of the economics department at CSUB. "Students who successfully
complete the course are credited for the high school senior year college
prep economics course," Grammy said. "They also earn five
quarter units of college credit transferable to any accredited college
or university. The course, which is listed as Economics 100, Economic
Way of Thinking, also satisfies the lower division general education
requirement in social sciences at most colleges and universities."
Terri Stanton, director of instruction for the Kern High School District,
said she was pleased that Enterprise College's curriculum satisfied
the high school district's requirements. "This is a real plus,"
she said. "Not only will high school students satisfy their high
school requirements, but also they'll satisfy college general education
requirements. It's an excellent program."
Students learn basic economic concepts, theories and policies through
a unique combination of in-class instruction, discussion with business
leaders and visitation to private or public enterprises. Students meet
from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The course began on June
24 and runs through July 12. Additionally, participants will spend three
afternoon sessions meeting with local public officials and business
leaders, and visiting local businesses to see how the economic system
The course will be taught by Grammy and Lynn Bailey, an economics teacher
at Stockdale High School.
The $100 registration fee covers tuition, a class photo and a program
T-shirt. Tuition assistance is available to eligible students, Grammy
Corporate sponsors for Enterprise College are Bank of the Sierra, Holiday
Ford Lincoln Mercury in Shafter, Sanitation Services Co., San Joaquin
Bank and State Farm Insurance.
The Enterprise College Advisory Committee is comprised of Grammy, Stanton,
Janis Smith, owner and manager of Holiday Ford Lincoln Mercury; Heather
Phillips, president of Junior Achievement of Bakersfield; Michael Olague,
vice president and manager, Bakersfield Commercial Banking, Bank of
America; and Michael Chertok, CSUB vice president of University Advancement.
For more information about Enterprise College, please call the CSUB
Economics Department at 661/664-2460.
Media Contact: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, firstname.lastname@example.org