MEXICO – Students in the Project Explore Alternative Education program at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation foster life skills at Retail CiTi, a small shop where items they create are sold.
CiTi Alternative Education teacher Helen Perth said student responsibilities include brainstorming project ideas, pricing, catalog development, purchasing of supplies, crafting, marketing, participation in bi-weekly business meetings and selling handmade projects at Retail CiTi, located within CiTi’s main campus in Mexico.
The hands-on learning process, she said, affords students the ability to develop and enhance organization, planning and related skills necessary to be successful both as an individual and as a team member.
“We like to give them a lot of opportunities to show them how to deal with people in a variety of settings,” Perth said.
Retail CiTi proceeds go into a club account and are used to purchase additional supplies for the store, student rewards or small gifts for students who commit to hard work and dedication of projects.
Project Explore’s retail venture is one of many educational opportunities available to students.
Others include: Common Core academics, development of basic work and safety habits, carpentry and computer-based carpentry, welding, outdoor education/conservation, automotive services, small engines, aquaponics and Career Development and Occupational Studies credential opportunities.