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  March: Virginia Institute on Cooperative Education (VICE)  
The 2024 VICE Conference will be held March 22-24 at Graves Mountain Lodge.

Applications are open now! Deadline to apply is February 15th, 2023.  

Each spring, VCC sponsors the Virginia Institute on Cooperative Education, a leadership conference to educate 16-19 year olds about the cooperative form of business through interactive instruction that includes a live business simulation, “Who’s Minding the Store?” Students enhance their teamwork, leadership, and communication skills, with top performers having the opportunity to receive up to $2,000 in educational scholarships.

Students are required to choose a cooperative business in Virginia and contact a staff member to learn more about the size and operation of this cooperative in their community. To be considered for college scholarships of $500 and up, students will complete a test based on the “Welcome to Cooperatives” manual and be evaluated on participation in activities during VICE, including the “Who’s Minding the Store” team simulation.

VICE evaluations consistently report that students find the conference both educational and fun. They often write that they came to the conference knowing nothing about co-ops but leave with a fuller  appreciation of this unique business form. They also provide positive feedback on the opportunity to make new friends and enjoy great food in a scenic rural setting. In recent years, 100% of participants have indicated they would recommend VICE to a friend.

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