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Franchising goes to school: for the second year, a number of high schools and colleges around the country are participating in the Franchising Entrepreneurship Program conducted by the IFA Educational Foundation, with sponsorship from the PepsiCo Foundation. This program explores ways to attract and train minority and urban youth to careers in franchising. (Education & Training).

The IFA Educational Foundation has partnered with Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) at the high school level and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) at the college level to provide a franchising course targeted to young people. This innovative program involves IFA members at the local school level, with career days, field trips, and team projects focused on franchising. The grant program also provides scholarships to qualified minority students who are engaged in franchising and entrepreneurship studies.

The participating schools are Townview Magnet School, Dallas, Texas; Norman Thomas High School, New York City; Western High School, Davie, Florida; Maria High School, Chicago; Bethune Cookman College, Daytona Beach; Miami Dade Community College; and Chicago State University. A number of IFA members are serving as volunteer advisors with the school projects, including Ken Myres, Tony Roma's, Inc.; Nicole Johnson-Reece, Cendant Corp.; Lynette McKee, MetroMedia Restaurant Group; and Tara Cope and Amy Ware of Piper Rudnick LLP.

For more information, or to learn more about providing the Introduction to Franchising Course at your local high school or community college, contact John Reynolds, President, IFA Educational Foundation,, or call 202-662-0764.
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Date:Jan 1, 2003
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