More than 7,000 junior and senior high school students will attend business-oriented courses in the current school year, an increase over the 6,500 last year, according to Philip T. Cofield, executive director of Junior Achievement of Utah Inc.

They are attending applied economics courses in high school and the Project Business Program in junior high school and this year 160 business executives are helping teach the classes. Each one visits a classroom once each week, Cofield said."They're making economics come to life for young people by passing on their enthusiasm for private enterprise and their acquired knowledge of how the system works. Of even greater importance is the emphasis placed on business ethics and values including the meaning of integrity, service, quality and profitability," Cofield said.

Scott Nelson, president of First Security Bank and chairman of the JA 1989 fund drive, said, "Business has a very important job to do and the job begins with giving our youth the real story."

Cofield said the 150 business executives involved in the program last year deserve recognition for their volunteered time. They are:

Al Hughes, A Cut Above; Brent Bell, Arthur Anderson; Dave Anderson, Arthur Young & Co.; Jamie Grivich, Debbie Martinez, Monte Montgomery, Richard Ray, Steve Seko and Jim Stoll, AT&T; Ken Krell, Browning-Ferris Industries; Steve Call, Call Enterprises; Mike Coyle, Bill DeBruin, Dave Fontaine and Tom Mann, Chevron.

Dave DePaepe and Dave Hogue, Citibank; Karen Vandervort, Clyde, Pratt and Snow; Bob Anderson, Corroon & Black; Kellie Connaughton, Costco; James Bruff, Dale Carnegie; Alan Day, Day's Market; Gary McMullin, Deloitte, Haskins & Sells; Dave Larson and Dave Player, Delta Financial; Paul Taylor, Diversified Mortgage.

Buck Buchanan, E-Systems; Roger Goodsell and Mike Rotman, Eastman Kodak; Mike Buck, Ron Egan and Mike Mastors, Eaton-Kenway; Terry Jewett, Evans & Sutherland; Bob Auger, Facet Automotive; Frank Schmuck and Jeff Stout, Federal Express; Tom Lawrie, Kevin McConville and Scott Newmann, Fidelity Investments; Dave Johansson, Brad Wiggins and Mike Winger, First Interstate Bank.

Tom Aston, Mark Johnson and Hank Nelson, First Security Bank; Scott Glade, Glade Candy Co.; Randy Moore, The Graphic Solution; Dan Richardson, Great Salt Lake Minerals; Don Hodges, Gull Laboratories; John P. Dean, John W. Harland Co.; Joe Gordon, Hercules; Gerry Grey, Holy Cross Hospital; Gary Howard, Howard Enterprises; Lee Barber and Will Huseman, IBM; Keith Blake, J&K Computers; Lynn Hudgens, Key Bank; Carolyn Daily and Lane Robinson, Modern Display.

Rod Beckstead, Fred Linford, Connie Overly, Han Schippers, Doug Simkins and Richard Velasquez, US West Communications; Margaret Barrows, Brian Mitchell, Stan Racker and Avani Vyas, Mountain Fuel Supply Co.; Kevin Ellis, NCR; Sue Bolinder, New Wasatch Systems; Kerry Bowers-McArt, Lou Dibella, Paul Hart and Gary Potter, Northwest Pipeline Corp.

Cindy Largent, Ogden City Mall; Ralph Peterson, Parker Hannifen Corp.; Alan Wood, Prowswood Corp.; Jim Crosby and Mike Harris, Quaker State-Minit Lube; Ned Cannon, Salt Lake Stamp Co.; Niles Mathews, The Sizzler; Lori Hefner, State Archives Office; Lee Battilyon, Dru Copeland, Chuck Dillard, Craig Douglas, Myrna Fairbanks, George Hicks, Scott Johansen, Jerry Pay and Steve Weitzel, 3M.

Paul Turner, Tracy Collins Bank; Ray Caldwell, UNISYS; Ton Beck, Reed Davis, Larry Ellertson, Steven Felice, Jon Healey, Kathy Hoffman, Mariam Kinenke, Rae LeFevre, Mark Rizley, Jeff Robbins, Terrell Spackman, Dave Stokes, Janice Taylor, Julie Thornton and Julie Witzel, Utah Power & Light.

Rex Plazier, Curtis Tanner and Russ Wright, Westech; Carl Califano, Western Zirconium, Ron Culverwell, ZCMI; Gordon Minson, Zee Medical Service; John Holt, Robert Jensen and Bret Passey, Zions First National Bank; Doug Holland, certified public accountant; and Kevin Ortin, certified public accountant.