Saturday marked the end of a summer program aimed at building future business leaders and entrepreneurs.
40 minority junior high and high school students from the Rochester City School District graduated from the Future Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs summer program held at Rochester Institute of Technology.
It's a 10 week program where students analyze data from real companies to develop practical and cost-effective solutions to business challenges.
"I think some of our greatest challenges is that these students see that what they are doing in school is academic and academic exercise. So what we're trying to show them is that we can actually integrate real world problems into their normal everyday academic life," said Del Smith, Director, Center of Urban Entrepreneurship. "And what we find is that even though students in the classrooms, some students that take part in our program aren't that great in academic setting, what we find is that they do fantastic in this program because they actually can see how their creative and innovative ideas and solutions actually provide value to actual companies."
The program started in 2009 to help local youth develop their leadership skills.