April 23, 2009
Eight students in Morningside College’s Entrepreneurship Group (E-Group) recently took an international study tour of Puerto Rico to analyze the differences between the economies and businesses in the United States and Puerto Rico.
The trip began in San Juan and included visits to the World Trade Center in Puerto Rico, the Bacardi Rum corporate headquarters and the Suiza Dairy.
The objectives of the trip were to conduct interviews with the local business owners, to compare cultural ways of life, to compare manufacturing methods and to better understand the effects of tourism on the Puerto Rican economy. The students plan to use this information to further their knowledge of the business world and apply it to their college courses.
The E-Group is an organization of business or marketing students with a mission to support entrepreneurship and business education on campus.
“Puerto Rico is a great place for students to travel and have an international experience,” said Pam Mickelson, professor of business and economics at Morningside, and faculty advisor for the trip. “Puerto Rico also has an entrepreneurial spirit that our Morningside students started recognizing not long after we got off the plane. Students had great conversations about the mainland economy and the Puerto Rican economy with the local people of San Juan. They compared an island economy to our Midwestern economy. It was only five days, but it was an impressive five days.”