CENTENNIAL, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Colorado-based global technology company Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW) is the presenting sponsor of Junior Achievement (JA) Business Week, a residential business boot camp for Colorado-area high school students that kicks off today at Johnson & Wales University in Denver.
JA Business Week is a project-based program for students in grades nine through 12 that is focused on practical application and real-world problem solving. Students attending this year’s JA Business Week will gain practical, first-hand experience working on projects for OtterBox, a Colorado-based global innovator of protective solutions for mobile technology, and Smoke Colorado Craft Barbeque. In addition to interactive project work and workshops on marketing, business ethics and budgeting, the week culminates in a “Shark Tank”-style competition.
“JA Business Week provides students from all backgrounds and walks of life with the entrepreneurial and interpersonal skills and that will help them succeed when they enter the business world in a few years. Arrow Electronics is proud to support this great educational program and help guide the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs forward,” said Alex West of Arrow’s global Corporate Social Responsibility program.
More than half of the students attend JA Business Week on scholarship. In addition to Arrow’s corporate sponsorship of the week-long learning program, Colorado-based Arrow employees raised $25,000 this spring through a bowl-a-thon fundraiser, which was enough to cover JA Business Week camp tuition for 70 students.
“Arrow Electronics is such an innovative company, and to have that spirit modeled for our young people is powerful beyond measure,” said Robin Wise, president and CEO of JA-Rocky Mountain. “Thanks to the volunteer and financial support from forward-thinking companies like Arrow, JA Business Week students are prepared for what’s next.”
JA-Rocky Mountain prepares young people to thrive in the 21st century workplace and global economy by inspiring a passion in free enterprise and entrepreneurship, and instilling an understanding of personal financial literacy. During the 2015/16 school year, JA provided programs to more than 136,000 students throughout Metro Denver, Northern Colorado and Wyoming.
About Arrow Electronics
Arrow Electronics is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for more than 100,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 460 locations serving over 85 countries.