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STAR students to present projects at Nov. 17 VIA luncheon

Posted: November 3, 2009 3:09 p.m.
Updated: November 4, 2009 12:54 p.m.
 
The Valley Industrial Association has wrapped up its 2009 VIA STAR contest, a product development competition designed to partner local K-12 student teams with Santa Clarita Valley businesses.

Student teams winning top honors will present their project at the next VIA luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 17 beginning at 11:45 a.m. at the Valencia Country Club, located at 27330 Tourney Road, Valencia 91355.

Each year VIA sponsors the STAR (Students Teaming to Achieve Results) program to give students a link to the business world.

Students from elementary, junior and senior high schools throughout the Santa Clarita Valley are eligible to participate in the event. Teams consist of between three and five students and each team is paired with a teacher coach and participating business partner.

Over a two month period, team's research, brainstorm, design a new product or service for their host business, draft a business plan to build and market the product, and present their completed project to the host company, as well as a panel of judges.

Teams are then judged on their business plan - vision, mission, objectives, strategies and plans - the planning process, presentation, use of resources and business evaluation.

An awards program will be held for all participating teams on Monday, Nov. 9, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Embassy Suites, 28508 Westinghouse Place in Valencia.

Students winning top honors from one of our VIA STAR teams representing a Santa Clarita Valley school will join VIA to present their project and share the highlights of the planning process at the Nov. 17 business luncheon.

The business luncheon is open to the public. Cost is $40 for VIA members and $50 for non-members.

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