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Date: April 14, 2003 (03-36)
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College’s Students in Free Enterprise
Team Takes Regional Championship
Macklin Students Win Competition for Community Outreach Projects 

Montgomery College’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team won first place in the 2003 SIFE Regional Competition and Career Opportunity Fair for two educational outreach projects they presented at the April 1, Reston, Va., event. SIFE, an international non-profit organization promotes community outreach among students through educational projects. The 17-member team of MC/Macklin Business Institute honor students will advance to a final round of judging in Missouri, May 12–14.

The MC/SIFE team presented two outreach projects: mentoring inner-city entrepreneurs (in conjunction with the Washington Jobs Partnership) and teaching international trade concepts to fourth graders at a local elementary school. The entrepreneurship/mentoring project was also selected as a finalist, among 15 projects nationwide, in a special competition.

Programs were judged on creativity and innovation, effectiveness, and documentation of the teams’ activities. Regional champions named at 21 competitions held across the United States will present their projects at the 2003 SIFE U.S.A. National Exposition, sponsored by the Kansas City Business Community.

Montgomery College Professor Jeff Schwartz, the director of the Macklin Institute, serves as adviser for the Montgomery College SIFE team. Professor Schwartz was named a Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow in recognition of his leadership and support of the SIFE program at Montgomery College.

Founded in 1975 and active on more than 1,000 college and university campuses in 28 countries, SIFE is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with business and higher education to provide college students the opportunity to make a difference and to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise.  For more information, contact SIFE World Headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, at 800-677-SIFE or the Macklin Business Institute at Montgomery College at 240-567-1707, or visit

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