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East Central University’s Oklahoma Business Week was recently presented the Exceptional Program Award for Best Conference in the Great Plains Region of the Association for Continuing Higher Education.

Accepting the award on behalf of ECU, were Stacey Bolin, Oklahoma Business Week director and ECU instructor of computer science and business administration, and Charlee Lanis, coordinator of ECU’s Community Education Program. The award was presented at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.

Oklahoma Business Week is a camp which introduces high school students to the business world. Students, attending OBW, are divided into teams. Each team has a volunteer mentor from the Oklahoma business community who worked with the students in developing a ‘company’ to learn about business practices and compete in a simulated business challenge.

The 2013 OBW camp will be held June 2-7. It is open to all high school students who will complete the ninth through 12th grades in the spring of 2013.

Among the list of speakers for the event will are: Rhett Laubach, founder of Your Next Speaker and Leadership Expert; State Senator Susan Paddack; Kenneth Knoll, Concept Investments manager at i2e; Monica Neal, senior vice-president of People’s Electric Cooperative; Kyle Essmiller, human resources director for PostRock Energy; Jim Hamby, president of Vision Bank; Mark Keiffer, retired executive from AT&T; Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby; and ECU President John Hargrave.

Applications are available at and the deadline is May 1, 2013.

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