Author: Cassie Johnson
A new class has been recently developed at Berkley High School by Marketing teacher Beth Cameron. Exploring Entrepreneurship is a new, completely online class being offered at the high school where classes are usually held in a standard classroom. The new class is changing the way high school classes are taught and in which form they are offered.
Exploring Entrepreneurship is and one semester course for Junior and Senior Students and is done entirely online. Curriculum for the course is aligned with the National Standards for Entrepreneurship Education and includes four main course goals. The first goal is to have students explore the skills and abilities they need to be a successful entrepreneur. The next goal is to learn how to develop the skills that are learned, third is to examine stages of development and investment and last is to take part in generating ideas for entrepreneurial endeavors.
To meet the four class goals there are 16 units of study.
1.Identify skills and attributes common to entrepreneurs
2.Identify past and present entrepreneurs
3.Determine if entrepreneurship is the right career path for them
4.Identify business opportunities and set goals
5.Improve their communication, math, and problem solving skills
6.Understand economic concepts including cost, types of economies, government’s role in the economy
7.Understand how to own a franchise or start a business
8.Choose a legal form of business ownership
9.Complete market research
10.Understand why they need a business plan
11.Identify their competition
12.Identify where to obtain financing for a business
13.Understand the legal, ethical and social obligations of owning a business
14.Develop a plan for becoming an entrepreneur
15.Maintain a notebook and a computer file for keeping and saving all course information and class projects
16.Utilize technology to research and solve problems
Although the course is online, Beth Cameron makes herself available for students to come into her classroom with any questions or to get help with assignments. Students are required to use a website called Moodle and must access it to work on assignments at least every other day. Much like college courses there are timelines for each assignment with open and close time in which the information can be accessed.