For its 20th consecutive year, Lycoming College hosts Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week, which is in its 32nd annual year of operation. Rising high school juniors and seniors from virtually every community in Pennsylvania travel to the program, which educates students about the American free enterprise system by bringing them together with business executives from throughout the state.
During the week-long event, student companies simulate the actual operation of their own company. Approximately 1,400 aspiring young people attend one of the four PFEW sessions. "For 20 years, we have enjoyed hosting the students and staff of Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week," says James Spencer, vice president of admissions and financial aid at Lycoming. "In fact, President [James] Douthat, John Trombetta, CEO of the PFEW Foundation, and I have been working together since our partnership began in 1990."
Both organizations benefit from the partnership, as PFEW students also gain first-hand experience living on a college campus. "Obviously we are delighted to have such a large group of college-bound students spend a week on our campus. In any given year, 20 to 25 PFEW alumni will enter Lycoming as new students," said Spencer. Lycoming offers a PFEW scholarship to incoming students who are graduates of the program.
Lycoming hosted the first two sessions of PFEW, which concluded July 17. The program will move to Pennsylvania College of Technology for the week of July 25-31 before returning to Lycoming for its final week, Aug. 1-7.