STUDY FOR NEW PROFESSION
BUSINESS SCHOOL TO TRAIN SECRETARIES FOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.
The Graduate School of Business Administration will introduce new courses to train men for positions as secretaries of chambers of commerce into its curriculum for the year 1913-14. The special training designed will be an entirely new experiment in education and is planned to fill a need which has sprung up with the increased activity of chambers of commence, boards of trade, and similar bodies in all parts of the country.
Two or three years ago Secretary McKibben of the Boston Chamber of Commerce and Dean Gay of the Business School had a conference on the subject of training men to meet this new condition in chamber of commerce work, but it was found that the time was not ripe for the establishment of such work in the school. The matter was recently brought up again by a member of the Boston Chamber of Commerce and after consulting Secretary E. H. Goodwin of the newly formed Chamber of Commerce of the United States, it was decided to lay out courses to be inaugurated next fall.
As planned, the courses will give to college graduates a well-rounded training in preparation for almost any type of business activity and to that will add special training in practical experience of Chamber of Commerce operation, which will be secured in connection with the Boston Chamber of Commerce and similar bodies in this vicinity. The Boston Chamber has pledged its support, and work is now in progress in securing the co-operation of other bodies and in finding openings in which the men taking the course can have actual practice under working conditions.