Washington Business Week was founded in order to ensure that high school age youth ages 14-18 learn necessary job skills related to business so that each generation of employees could meet employer demand for skilled workers. Our main program, Washington Business Week (WBW), is a week-long educational session where students engage in hands-on experiential learning in real-world experiences. Our summer residential programs are held on university campuses and teach much needed skills in teamwork, leadership and personal responsibility. There is a gap in Washington State between the need for skilled workers and the number of young adults with these skills. Our purpose is to give high school teens the business and life skills they need to succeed in school and career. WBW is highly hands-on. Student teams form companies and then are led through a series of computer simulations that allow them to operate a business for 8 quarters. Once they get the feel for the fundamentals of running a business, they are asked to imagine, create and promote their companys next product or service line. By giving students a project and then allowing them to think through solutions on their own, the program teaches critical thinking, leadership, team-work, discipline and citizenship. The computer-based business simulation is a college course-level educational program and at the end of the week, the students receive two college credits for their work.