First Business Academy Cohort Graduates from Anchorage School District

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The Business Academy offers numerous benefits to both students and businesses, as explained by Potter. For students, taking college-level business courses while still in high school can provide a head start on their career and college preparation. Additionally, they have the opportunity to network with peers and professionals in the business community, as well as gain valuable real-world experience through internships.

One such student who has seen significant personal, professional, and academic growth as a result of their participation in the academy is Christalyn Matheson. She is set to attend the University of Pennsylvania in the fall to study accounting and finance. Meanwhile, Rylee Abbett gained confidence through her experience in the academy and exclaimed, “I can do this!”

Business owners and managers also benefit from their involvement in the academy. Hosting interns from the academy allows businesses to be a part of preparing students for their next steps after graduation. Some businesses even end up hiring their interns, creating a win-win situation. Dawn Hoxie, a branch manager at Northrim Bank, describes the partnership with the academy as beneficial because it allowed bank employees to mentor young adults and prepare them for the workforce.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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