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For the 22nd consecutive year, Lycoming College will welcome nearly 1,200 students, volunteers and guests to its campus as it hosts the 34th annual Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week.
Rising high school juniors and seniors from across 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 teams simulate the operation of their own company.
Keynote speakers include Timothy G. Shuttleworth, president and CEO of Eriez Manufacturing Company; Robert E. Merrill, president and CEO of CraftMaster Manufacturing, Inc.; Robert C. Wonderling, president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; and James M. Herr, chairman and CEO of Herr Foods, Inc.
The College and PFEW both benefit from the partnership, as the students also gain first-hand experience living on a college campus. "We are delighted to have such a large group of college-bound students spend a week on our campus," said James Spencer, vice president of admissions and financial aid at the College. "In any given year, 20 to 25 PFEW alumni will enter Lycoming as new students." Lycoming offers a PFEW scholarship to incoming students who are graduates of the program.
Lycoming hosts the first two sessions of PFEW from July 8-21. The program returns to Lycoming for July 29-Aug. 4 before its final week at the Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., the College fosters academic vigor, a supportive faculty and successful outcomes. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 educational institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812, Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.