Business Practice Firm Hosts Instructor Training

3-2-07

On February 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.

The innovative 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.

Program coordinator 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 accounting.

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 practice firms.

 


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