The School of Education and the School of Business at LeTourneau University based in the United States are co-hosting a trip to Preston during their Spring Break.
Ten LeTourneau University business majors are in the city until 16 March to deliver three free workshops to businesses to help them improve despite current economic concerns.
The visit will also provide the students with an opportunity to work in the Preston community and surrounding area.
They are working with the Heritage Church in Preston through activities including counseling, teacher development, children’s activities and supporting the church’s efforts to reach their community. The students will also participate in Sunday services at the church and perform outreach activities throughout the week.
The trip is led by Karen Jacobs of the LETU School of Business and Wayne Jacobs of the LETU School of Education.
“The economy there is very depressed, and the three sessions our students will present will help them effectively sustain their businesses by teaching them to refine their business plans and find better ways to reach their customers,” Jacobs said.
The workshops are titled “Increasing Personal Productivity,” “Creating a Competitive Advantage,” and “Developing a Business Plan.” They are all designed to help the business owners prioritize responsibilities, teach strategies for competitive advantage, determine strengths, goals, and explain the value of a business plan and how to put it together.
The LETU students, who funded the trip themselves, will participate in a cultural exchange with business students from the community and a local college to allow business students from both sides of the ocean to meet and discuss how business is done.
The trip came about because of a relationship with the pastor in Preston and was also designed to help the students see parts of England other than as an average tourist, somewhere a little more ‘dark’.
LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christ-centered university located in Longview, Texas, with undergraduate and graduate programs online and at education centers around the state.