Students Explore Business Potential

The Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation means business.

Sandy Creek Central School District junior Liz Hall, left, and senior Chace Storie discuss a business plan during an academic exercise at the CTE Business Bootcamp recently.
Sandy Creek Central School District junior Liz Hall, left, and senior Chace Storie discuss a business plan during an academic exercise at the CTE Business Bootcamp recently.

Ten students from the Sandy Creek Central, Hannibal Central and Pulaski Academy & Central school districts recently spent the morning at CiTi’s Mexico campus to learn more about CTE Business: a project-based business program that develops students’ understanding and skills about business.

The CTE Business Bootcamp for current 10th grade and 11th grade students was led by Career and Technical Education Principal Marla Berlin and Vice Principal Joe Olsen.

Both former business teachers discussed the importance of accounting/finance, business law, advertising/marketing, entrepreneurship, leadership, communications and ethics.

Berlin said she hopes to garner enough student interest to offer CTE Business for the 2016-17 school year.

One participant said she is already signed up for the program.

CTE Business Bootcamp participants completed a small group activity where they developed a company name, product name and slogan.

Students also identified five possible investors and three legal concerns.

CTE Business is also a precursor to New Vision Business, which is offered only to seniors, Olsen said.

In the future, Berlin said she also would like to offer an entrepreneurship class to all CTE students because many will eventually transition into owning their own business.