Caterpillar Used as Business Model for Student Ambassador Program

Caterpillar was used as a business model for a high school ambassador program recently. The People to People Business and Entrepreneurship Summit bused more than 90 students from around the world to the Caterpillar Visitors Center and the Caterpillar Technical Center for informational presentations and tours.

According to Ananda Rajapakse, international partner for the Asia Pacific for People to People, Caterpillar was added to the itinerary to give the students a glimpse of how a large company operates.

"The Business and Entrepreneur Summit is for students who want to get into business. We chose Caterpillar because we wanted to take them to a Fortune 500 company to see how a company of that magnitude works," Rajapakse said.

The students had an introduction to Caterpillar and Caterpillar careers before touring the Tech Center and the Caterpillar Visitors Center. Following their visit, each student created a business plan and worked on their resumes.

According to Katherine Pavidis, a People to People teacher leader, students are nominated to be a part of the program.

"Students are nominated by a community member, teacher or past students. The students have to go through an interview process and once accepted have to do work prior to and during the summit," Pavidis said. "Many of the students are using this program for their senior projects."

The group also visited many places in Chicago, such as the Museum of Science and Industry, the University of Chicago and Merchandise Mart.