22 and 23 Mercer hosted two days of training for 15 teachers who
wish to implement an International Business Practice Firm (IBPF)
at their institutions. They came from high schools and two-year
colleges in N.J., Wisconsin, Florida, and California.
IBPF program teaches through simulated business firms that mirror
the real world and trade with other such firms throughout the
U.S. and world. MCCC students run two such firms
with the assistance of a teacher/facilitator.
Carol Weber, who has led training for the past eight years, says
Mercer is the only college site in the country providing such
training. Participants learn both the pedagogy and the business
sides of the program -- such as marketing, human resources and
With the assistance
of Administrative Specialist Mary McCormick, Weber also administers
a network of practice firms. For an annual fee, network members
receive a variety of support services including electronic banking,
marketing, a website, videoconferencing and special programs.
The network now has about 30 members who operate 37 different