GRANT SPOTLIGHT: Real World Entrepreneurship Experience at Waukesha North High School
Waukesha North’s Entrepreneurship class has historically focused on creating a business plan for a fictitious business to get students into the entrepreneurial mindset. But teacher Katie Cortez decided to get a bit more creative, and with the help of a Waukesha Education Foundation (WEF) grant, her students had a much more hands-on experience.
The WEF grant provided seed money, or a “small business loan”, to students. They formed small groups as their “business” and researched products or services they could provide. Over the course of the semester, they managed their marketing, production, and all necessary elements of a business to ensure they made a profit and were able to repay the loan, with interest, by the end of the semester.
This project was a great success, and offered students a chance to learn by seeing their plan in action, and testing their theories and ideas with real-world experience. “This experience helped students collaborate to operate a small business, and problem solve in real time,” said Ms. Cortez.
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