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High School Students Get a Taste of Wall Street at Bentley College

August 6, 2007

High school students from across the country gathered at Bentley College on July 22 for Wall Street 101, a week-long business camp that gives future financiers an inside look at the financial industry and business fields - from NASDAQ to IPOs to Dow Jones.

 

In the interactive program, students explored the stock market, learned about investing and portfolio management, and developed leadership and teamwork skills as they conducted simulated trading sessions in the college's state-of-the-art Trading Room. The facility is equipped with real-time market data that is provided by Reuters, Bloomberg, and FactSet Research Systems, as well as other resources including ARGUS, Thomson One, DataStream, Morningstar, and Crystal Ball.

 

Through these resources, student teams explored the fundamentals of valuing securities and constructing a winning portfolio. The week concluded with a formal presentation to parents and the Bentley community that included the rationale for their selection and a detailed financial analysis of one company the students expect will increase in value over the course of the next year, as well as one they believe will decline in value.

 

All of the Wall Street 101 material is drawn from college-level courses. The popular summer program includes lectures, simulated trading sessions, portfolio construction exercises, guest lecturers, and field-based learning opportunities including trips to a buy-side trading desk -- where students interact with analysts, traders and portfolio managers and a tour of the Boston Garden which followed an analysis of the Boston Celtics financial statements.

 

Richard Gibble, Director of Bentley's Hughey Center for Financial Services, explains, "The camp serves several purposes. The students are here to have fun while getting a no-nonsense introduction to the world of finance. They learn that there is more to Wall Street than just stocks - we have sessions on fixed income, derivatives, real estate, hedge funds, and private equity. The camp also offers an authentic college experience, which helps prepare the students for life after high school."

 

In addition to gaining a broad overview of the classroom environment, students experience college life by living on campus for the duration of the week and attending a workshop on the college application process.

 

Lead to Wall Street

 

For the third year, Bentley and the nationally recognized Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program partnered for the LEAD to Wall Street program. From July 29 - August 4, rising high school seniors from the LEAD program participated in their own Wall Street 101 program at Bentley, gaining valuable business expertise.

 

LEAD is well-known for its outreach to historically under-represented communities to encourage the pursuit of a business education. The majority of its members are ALANA (Asian, Latin, African, Native American) students.

LEAD, a national partnership of America's top corporations and business schools, is at the forefront of building a talented and diverse workforce ready for the business environment. By encouraging outstanding high school students from diverse backgrounds and historically undeserved communities to pursue careers in business, LEAD is inspiring a new generation of business leaders.

 

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit www.bentley.edu

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