Students and Professionals Work Together at Junior Achievement Ethics Luncheon, Feb. 2

January 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm

The Spartanburg community is invited to an interactive, intergenerational event focusing on ethics and healthcare.  Junior Achievement will host its first annual Spartanburg Ethics Luncheon February 2 at USC Upstate from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Spartanburg County high school students and local professionals will participate in facilitated discussions surrounding ethical decision-making as it impacts a specific sector of business. For our community, “healthcare” has been selected as the topic, given our great number of healthcare providers and educational institutions.

Prior to the luncheon, area high school students are invited to participate in an essay contest through their schools. Students will select one of three ethical issues: vaccinations for HPV, transplants or stem cell engineering. Essays will be judged by local experts in the fields of medicine and ethics.

“This is a great opportunity for area students to take classroom learning one step further through meaningful discussions with professionals in a growing field,” said Dr. Carrie DuPre, executive director of College Hub in Spartanburg County. “We hope students will leave the luncheon excited about their futures, and professionals will leave with a better understanding of our students and our local schools.”

Keynote speaker will be Bruce Holstien President and CEO of Spartanburg Regional, who has experienced nearly every facet of health care.  Prior to coming to Spartanburg, Bruce held senior executive positions with Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk Virginia and the Spohn Health System in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Members of the business, academic, medical, and civic communities are invited to attend. Tickets are $30 each; sponsorships are available. To register go to http://jaupstatesc.org/events/ja-ethics-luncheon or for more information contact Connie Lanzl, President Junior Achievement of Upstate SC, at connie.lanzl@ja.org or (864) 244-4017.

Program sponsors include Milliken, J.M. Smith Foundation, World Acceptance Corporation, VCOM, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, College Hub, Clemson Rutland Institute for Ethics, and USC Upstate.

Junior Achievement’s mission is to empower young people to own their economic success through programs focusing on work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.  Junior Achievement enhances the relevancy of education, bridging the gap between what students are learning in school and how it can be applied in the real world. Junior Achievement of Upstate South Carolina intends to reach 9500 kindergarten through 12th grade students in Spartanburg, Anderson, Oconee, Pickens and Greenville counties this year.

For more information contact Susan Spencer, Events and Marketing Director at (864) 244-4017 or susan.spencer@ja.org