More Than 200 Attend College's First 'Business Day'

A stock market simulation and mock business classes highlighted the activities that more than 200 Erie, Crawford and Allegheny county high school students participated in Thursday, Oct. 24, at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

The activities were part of the college’s first Business Day, an event co-sponsored by the Sam and Irene Black School of Business and Future Business Leaders of America. The program exposes high school students to business fundamentals while also educating them on good habits that can lead to real-world success.

The stock market simulation allowed students to experience how the market operates and how stocks are traded. It also helped illustrate just how important it is to make smart financial decisions.

“The (stock market simulation) is kind of like Monopoly,” said Erica Jackson, director of the Center for Financial and Consumer Outreach and coordinator for the event. “Is it a game of skill, or is it a game of luck? That’s sort of the same way the market goes.”