Washington Business Week – 41 Years of Preparing Students to Successfully Enter the Workforce by Giving them the Skills, Confidence, and Values to Succeed in Life
In the early 1970’s the president of Central Washington University, Jim Brooks, began facilitating meetings that brought together the state’s business and education leaders. Even back then, national sentiment was that students were graduating from high school without the critical skills that employers were looking for in employees. After many meetings, a solution was born: Central Washington University would host Business Week in the summer of 1976.
From that single summer session and 225 kids, Washington Business Week has grown to serve more than 3,300 teens throughout Washington state through summer camps and in-school community programs each year. Every year dozens of businesses and hundreds of working professionals participate in providing teens a real-world experience in a variety of careers. Building on our highly popular business program, Washington Business Week has expanded to include career pathways in healthcare, agri-energy, manufacturing and an advanced business week program for teen alumni who want an even more rigorous experience.