BizTech Summer Camp Gets Boost from Gannett/Free Press Grant for Business Literacy

The School of Business BizTech Summer Camp will get a boost this summer from a $5,000 grant from Gannett Foundation and the Detroit Free Press. The grant will help the camp’s organizers purchase books and manuals, which will be used as learning materials for the camp’s classroom sessions. “It is truly an honor to receive this grant from the Gannett Foundation and Detroit Free Press, and we sincerely thank them for their support,” said Kiantee Rupert-Randell, BizTech program coordinator and academic advisor at the School of Business.

The School of Business started the BizTech Summer Camp, formerly known as the E-Commerce Summer Camp, in 2001. The program provides high school students with business literacy and technology education during four-week sessions that advance their computer and business skills for professional workplaces. Students are simultaneously assigned internships that allow them to put those skills into use. “I am certain that with the grant, we will be able to serve another group of dynamic young people as they strive to learn business literacy skills necessary for today’s job market,” said Rupert-Randell. The students compete for one of 10 new computer systems, which are awarded to the top graduates of the camp.

Applications are accepted from students in Detroit and Inkster high schools. The 2009 camp is scheduled from June 15 to August 14. For more information about the camp, contact Kiantee Rupert-Randell at

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