Economic conference planned for West Slope students

Nearly 150 high school juniors and seniors from the region are expected to attend the Western Slope Economic Leadership Conference in Grand Junction.

The Freedom & Responsibility Education Enterprise (FREE) Foundation has scheduled the conference for 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Colorado Mesa University Meyer Ballroom. The foundation hosts the conference as part of its mission to help students and teachers learn about economics, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and free enterprise.

“We are honored that business students and teachers from across the Western Slope have found the content of our conferences valuable enough to come back year after year,” said Kelly Johnston, president of the FREE Foundation.

The conference will feature T.K. Coleman, co-founder and education director for Praxis. The apprenticeship program combines a traditional liberal arts education with academic mentoring, group discussions, practical skills training, professional development workshops, and real world business experience. Coleman also serves as director of entrepreneurial education at the Foundation for Economic Education and travels the nation teaching young people about entrepreneurism and free-market economics. 

The conference also will include hands-on teaching activities and competitive activities.

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