Ja Honors Businessmen

November 04, 1990

Two county businessmen have received national honors from Junior Achievement for their volunteer work helping students learn about the business world.

Melvin Mills of Mills' Communications Inc. in Westminster and Douglas Velnoskey, a stockbroker with Legg Mason, received bronze leadership awards.

The Carroll Board of Commissioners recognized the two men at a ceremony Thursday at the county office building.

Each year, 150 bronze leadership awards are given, said Tony Eckard, owner of Eckard's Wallpaper & Paint Store in Westminster and a member of the county JA board of directors.

This week is "JA Week" in Carroll, he said.

JA is a combined effort between the public schools and county business people to teach middle- and high-school students about business and the economy.

In this school year, the county JA organization is providing 50 consultants for classes that will reach about 1,500 students, Eckard said.

The program basically is divided into three levels, he said:

* "Business Basics" for sixth-graders to learn the fundamentals of organization, management, production and marketing.

* "Project Business" for ninth-graders to learn about specific businesses and the economy.

* "Applied Economics" in which high-school students form companies and learn practical business applications.

Also, a pilot program designed for students at risk of dropping out of school was started about a month ago, Eckard said. "The Economics of Staying in School" is being offered at Liberty High School this year, he said.

JA is providing consultants and books for the program, Eckard said.

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