As of Wednesday, August 3, 2016
TOPPENISH Members of Microsoft’s leadership team are visiting Heritage University today.
They are working with Heritage Enactus club students and work on the club’s “Camp S.E.E.D.” project.
The team includes executives, directors and managers from Microsoft’s marketing, product development, human resources and other departments.
The impetus for the visit by Microsoft is the result of a visit by Enactus club members to the Microsoft company headquarters in Redmond last March.
During that visit, the Enactus presentation team members previewed the business presentation they would later deliver at the Enactus United States National competition in St Louis, MO., where they placed fourth in the nation.
The students also discussed their projects to train low-income individuals both in the Yakima Valley and abroad to become successful entrepreneurs. These include teaching seasonal farmworkers how to dehydrate and sell fruit year-round to clients in the Seattle area; traveling to the Central America country of Panama to train indigenous peoples on the efficient use of machinery to increase yields and earnings from rice crops; and “Camp S.E.E.D.,” a summer program which teaches social, economic and environmental development as well as financial literacy to at-risk middle-school students.
Employees knew they wanted to be involved with Heritage students and their projects. The team will observe the functions of the camp.
The visit began at 10 this morning.