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NMSU holds new summer program for young entrepreneurs

The New Mexico State University College of Agriculture and Home Economics (CAHE) and the Cooperative Extension Service are offering high school students the opportunity to receive leadership and business training through a new summer program.


The new Youth Entrepreneurship Summer (YES) Camp is a three-credit college course for high school students who are interested in learning about entrepreneurship. The program started May 29 and will continue through July 2. It is held Monday through Thursday from 9-11:30 a.m.

The course is taught by Michael Patrick, the community resource and economic development specialist for the Cooperative Extension Service. Before coming to NMSU, Patrick taught the camp for 10 years at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas.

During the camp, students create a business plan and research its economic feasibility. They not only have work during classroom hours, but also have out of class assignments every day. At the end of the camp, the students will present their plans to a panel of bankers, who then decide which plan was best.

"Students enrolled in the YES Camp are basically learning how to evaluate an idea. They are learning how to critically think, problem solve, communicate and research an idea," Patrick said.

The cost per student in the program is $750, which includes tuition and fees, books, educational materials and other costs. However, CAHE provides students with a $675 scholarship to cover most of the cost. Numerous Las Cruces businesses contributed money for the scholarships.

The course is open to junior and senior level high school students. Seven students are currently enrolled, but as the program continues in future years, the number of students is expected to grow.

For more information about the YES Camp, contact Patrick at (575) 202-4253.