Columbus High Business Club sparks a new program at FIU

By Cristina M. Cruz….

Columbus students pictured are (l-r) Chris Guzman, Stefano Balli, Juan Pablo Vasquez, Patrick Williams, George Ceballo, Jose Cano, Kevin Gregory, Kevin Casamayor, Brandon Fernandez, Sebastian Sanchez and Nick Reyes.

Founded and developed in September 2009 by Christopher Columbus High School (CCHS) senior Kevin Casamayor, the Columbus Business Club has been providing a unique opportunity for CCHS students who are interested in business and finance.

The club members regularly attend a free course at Florida International University’s Capital Markets Lab, which is given by FIU finance majors or graduate students with experience in the field. Dr. Helen Simon, FIU College of Business professor, helped Casamayor in getting the program underway. It has been greatly successful both for Columbus and FIU, which have decided to open the program they call their “Financial Markets Training Program” to other area high schools.

When asked why he decided to start the Business Club at Columbus, Casamayor said, “After witnessing the recent events that have affected the economies of the world, I felt that as future leaders, my fellow classmates and I needed to expand our knowledge of global economy issues.”

He said he is happy that his teachers have given him the autonomy to start this initiative and hopes that students will take advantage of the program after he graduates next year.

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