Northwood Hosts FELC Camp

Northwood Texas Campus Prof. Sabine Adams
Christian Prosser, Northwood Texas Admissions Counselor
Conrad Alagaban Jr., Northwood Alum and President of Con Soleil Business Service

This summer the Northwood University Texas campus was once again happy to host the Free Enterprise Leadership Challenge (FELC) Camp on campus.  The Free Enterprise Leadership Challenge is the flagship program of the Jesse Helms Center Foundation.

The goal of FELC is to educate high school students about entrepreneurship, the differences between capitalism and socialism, free market economics, personal responsibility, principled leadership and corporate/personal philanthropy.  Activities and lessons are designed for students to create meaningful practical application.

Members of the Northwood family were happy to assist.  Northwood Alum, Conrad Alagaban spoke to the students about business and leadership. Alagaban is the President of Con Soleil Business Service.  Prof. Sabine Adams also taught a class titled, Economics for Success: In Life, Work and Pursuit of Happiness. And Christian Prosser, a Northwood Texas Admissions Counselor also spoke to the students about choosing a degree, his presentation was titled, Degrees that are a good investment.

“The Free Enterprise Leadership Challenge (FELC) embodies the spirit of The Northwood Idea and our mission of developing the future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society,” said Northwood University Texas campus President, Dr. Kevin Fegan.

Rather than relying on traditional lecture methods, FELC offers a unique opportunity to experience business through fun activities that have practical application! The core activity of the week is a company competition. Students form start-ups and are responsible for getting their companies running and turning a true profit. Just like any new company, students must work to write business plans, create commercials and keep accounting records. This fast-paced activity is supplemented with activities that help all future entrepreneurs. Debates, speech contests, and daily speakers rounded out the jam-packed week at Northwood.


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.