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UT’s Business Education for Talented Students Holds First Annual Reunion

BETS Reunion - 2011.

KNOXVILLE, TN — The Office of Diversity Initiatives in the College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, hosted a reunion for participants in the college’s Business Education for Talented Students (BETS) program.  BETS is a one-week summer residential program that introduces high-school seniors from diverse backgrounds to the dynamic world of business; students interact with professionals from business and government both on campus and in their work environment.

The program began four years ago during the summer of 2008 and, to-date, has involved 89 students. “Each class has gotten progressively larger,” said Tyvi Small, coordinator of diversity initiatives for the college.

Of the 60 participants who already have graduated high school (the 29 students from the 2011 class still are in school), 31 participants, or 52 percent, currently attend UT Knoxville. This reunion gave the earlier BETS participants the opportunity to meet and begin to mentor the 11 first-year UT students.

“This event gave earlier BETS students the opportunity to build friendships and relationships with other current BETS students,” said Tyvi Small, coordinator of diversity initiatives for the college.  “As BETS graduates, all of the students share an instant connection. “

"This program created the foundation for my college career,” said Kierra Richmond, a current first-year student.  “As a freshman majoring in accounting, participating in BETS helped me develop essential personal skills for success; I acquired close relationships with my peers by engaging in various team building events and exercises. I highly recommend that all high school students engage in this wonderful experience." 

“BETS inspired me to change my major from forensic science to accounting,” said Gerrica Caldwell, a current third-year student. “It gave me an opportunity to explore the business world and learn what really happens in a company.”

Individuals interested in finding out more about the BETS program can contact Tyvi Small at or 865-974-5185.


Posted: 10/24/2011

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