GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Aspiring business leaders from Western Slope high schools met up at CMU, to learn what it takes to succeed in the United States economy.
The event was put on by the FREE Foundation, which stands for freedom and responsibility education enterprise.
It's a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating middle and high school students across the Western Slope about the free market system.
The students heard from professionals in economics, such as investment advisers, and college professors.
"I think that as a culture, our students have become sheltered, and not introduced to the real world fast enough and i think this is a great opportunity to do that. Economics becomes a huge part of a person's live when they move out of the house, or look for a first job," said home school student, Catherine Zeerip.
They also got a lesson in comparing capitalism, socialism, and communism and the impact of each economic system on people.