CORVALLIS - Oregon State University and several community organizations are sponsoring a workshop for high school students and business leaders April 14-15 that is designed to help them mutually define and analyze ethical standards.

More than 120 high school students from around Benton County will participate in the "Ethical Decision-Making Workshop," which will be held CH2M-Hill on Walnut Boulevard in Corvallis. The event is sponsored by the Program for Ethics, Science and the Environment at OSU, the Greater Corvallis Rotary Club, Hewlett-Packard, Good Samaritan Hospital, Woodstock's Pizza, and CH2M-Hill.

Nearly two dozen business and professional leaders will work with the students, leading them through real-life scenarios. The April 14 session will be led by Judy Spoelstra, women's basketball coach at OSU, and Scott Spiegelberg, of the OSU Foundation.

The session on April 15 will be led by Sharon Gibson-Alexander, executive director of United Way of Benton County, and Liz Oettinger, senior minister at the First Congregational Church of Corvallis.

During the day, students will identify their core values, learn the relationship between values and ethics, and practice a five-step decision-making process as they are confronted with a "series of sticky ethical dilemmas," said Julie Manning, community relations director for Good Samaritan Hospital.

"The goal of the program is to enable the students to enter the work force with a strong sense of how to make decisions that are ethically correct and not at odds with their personal values," Manning said.

For more information, contact the Program for Ethics, Science and the Environment at OSU, 541-737-5648.

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Courtney Campbell, 541-737-6196