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Kenney-King Business Center

Nick King, Bishop Watterson Principal Marian Hutson and
Mike Kenney celebrate the dedication of the
Kenney-King Business Center.

Bishop Watterson recently dedicated its new Kenney-King Business Center in honor of the graduates who made it possible, Mike Kenney ’93 and Nick King ’93, who are entrepreneurs in the area of commercial real estate. 

The Kenney-King Business Center is a state-of-the-art classroom designed to simulate a real-world business environment, complete with permanent white boards, a smart board, two flat-screen televisions, high-speed wireless internet, a conference room, a stock ticker, and innovative work tables designed for collaboration.

Kenney and King, owners of Preferred Living, began working with Bishop Watterson in 2011 on this project in an effort to give back to their alma mater. In addition, BWHS Business Department Chair Sheri Cook worked with Wayne Chang, Chief Financial Officer Preferred Living, to develop an Entrepreneurship and Innovation curriculum.

“Bishop Watterson has been and will be a staple for excellence in education. We chose to enhance their business experience due to our intense interest in the business world. The lower educational system provides very little in the realm of the entrepreneurial spirit and we wanted to remedy that. Watterson now has a tremendous business foundation that can be built upon in years to come and we are truly proud to be a part of that,” said Kenney and King.

“We feel that Bishop Watterson does very well in math, science, history, health etc. With that said, we felt that Watterson was falling short on the business side of things,” Kenney and King said about the curriculum of years past. “For the students who have interest, we see an enormous amount of potential for business and entrepreneurial courses where they can expand their knowledge and experience before entering college which will certainly give them a leg up on their peers. Watterson now has a tremendous foundation to a business curriculum that can be built upon for years to come
and we are excited to be a part of that.”


Photo: The Kenney-King Business Center is utilized during all eight class periods each day.

Notes about the BWHS Business Program:

· Bishop Watterson’s business course listing has grown over several years to include Financial Literacy, Applied Economics, Accounting I, Accounting II, Marketing and Law, Advanced Placement Microeconomics, Advanced Placement Macroeconomics, Advanced Marketing, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

· A Business Club combines service with academic achievement, organizing events such as Christmas with Santa, and sales such as bandanas to fit the student theme for a football game. In addition, BWHS is now home to the first-ever central Ohio chapter of the National Business Honor Society.

· The Advanced Marketing and Entrepreneurship and Innovation classes now operate the school’s Eagle Spirit Store.

 

 

Photo: The Kenney-King Business Center is utilized during all eight class periods each day.