BOWLING GREEN, OHIO – In a groundbreaking collaboration, MBA Research’s High School of Business™ program and Bowling Green State University have joined forces to bring expanded services to students participating in the accelerated high school business program.
MBA Research and Curriculum Center, which developed High School of Business™, and Bowling Green State University’s College of Business Administration signed an Affiliation Agreement on Monday, May 21 in Bowling Green, Ohio. According to the agreement, students who complete the high school program may earn up to six hours of college credit at Bowling Green State University.
“This first-in-the-nation partnership creates a very special opportunity for our High School of Business™ Career-Tech students throughout the country, particularly given the stature of BGSU and its College of Business,” Dr. James Gleason, President/CEO of MBA Research, said. “Students completing this very rigorous Career-Tech program can enter Bowling Green with both academic credits and, of equal importance, a solid understanding of the career field in which they will study.”
The High School Business™ is a college-like high school business program. Approximately 2,200 students are enrolled in the program nationwide.
“The High School of Business allows us to support business education at the high school level and at the same time offer the opportunity for students to smoothly continue their business education at Bowling Green,” Dr. John Hoag, acting Interim Dean of the College of Business, said. “Students completing this program can earn up to six credit hours of college credit which helps move them along their way to a degree. This program is quite unique, and we are looking forward to working with the High School of Business in this endeavor.”
High School of Business™ was created in 2007 after educators and administrators voiced concerns that high school students planning to major in business administration in college did not have access to accelerated courses in their high schools. As a result, the career technical education program was launched in five pilot schools. Today, the program has grown to 48 participating high schools across 15 states. The program is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, and is funded and operated by a consortium of 35 state education departments.
The hands-on program prepares students to excel in college business administration programs, such as those offered at Bowling Green State University’s College of Business Administration. High School of Business™ students dive into real projects via project-based learning – an educational method in which students learn concepts while completing projects that often involve collaboration with local businesses.
“We hope that the MBA Research partnership with BGSU will create new opportunities for both organizations as we work to recognize the rigorous program of study completed by Career Tech students earning High School of Business™ certification,” Gleason said.