The world is competitive, and the University of Alaska Anchorage is helping a local school get a jump on it.

Over the weekend, a group from Clark Middle School in Anchorage was on campus at UAA to begin another year of learning.

The UAA-Clark Middle School Distinguished Leadership Academies are designed to introduce kids methods to be successful in the business world from public speaking to professional etiquette. It also features academies on medicine and engineering.

Since 2015, Dr. Terry Nelson from UAA's College of Business and Public Policy has headed the program.

Copyright 2018 KTVA. All rights reserved.