DAHLONEGA — A group of North Forsyth High School students recently went to college to learn about business.
According to Eve Phillips, a media specialist at North, 50 students in the school’s Future Business Leaders of America and DECA chapters visited the BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership and Junior Achievement at the University of North Georgia.
Following a quick tour of the UNG campus, they met with professor John-David Rusk of the Mike Cottrell College of Business for a discussion about organization ethics.
Rose Procter, director of BB&T CEBL, gave the students a framework of ethics and decision-making before talking about self-branding, emphasizing that college admissions and businesses “routinely employ search engine officers who determine if an applicant’s digital footprint is in keeping with the business or school’s reputation or image.
“I know that social media follows me, but I thought that was just something that our parents tell is just to scare us,” said Mel Rulis, FBLA president. “Ms. Proctor emphasized that potential employers could refuse to hire me because of my social media activities.”
The trip wrapped up with a hands-on session called “Are Your Ethics for Sale?” with professor Katie Simmons of the business college.