ERIC Number: ED458357
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
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Entrepreneurship Education for At-Risk Youth: A Successful Model for University/Business Partnerships.
DeBerg, Curtis L.; Thornton, Kelby
An innovative entrepreneurship education program was developed and delivered during summer 1998. The program was conceived by the youth program coordinator of the Butte County, California, Private Industry Council (PIC), who had been impressed by the results of a program during which the PIC hired three students from the California State University at Chico to team-teach a workplace class of 21 high school students. The lessons used in the program at the high school program were revised to include a stronger computer literacy component and focus on entrepreneurship. A team of six students from the university was trained to team-teach a series of integrated business, economic, and computer literacy lessons to 32 at-risk high school students during 3.5-hour classes that met 3 days a week for 16 weeks. The university students, who were all members of a group called Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), also acted as mentors to the high school students. The SIFE students helped their mentees author business plans and deliver a "competitive" oral presentation to local business leaders. An end-of-program evaluation of the students' economic literacy indicated that the program increased students' knowledge of business and economic concepts. The students expressed positive attitudes about the program. (MN)
Descriptors: Business Education, College School Cooperation, College Students, Computer Literacy, Cooperative Planning, Demonstration Programs, Educational Cooperation, Educational Practices, Entrepreneurship, High Risk Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Innovation, Integrated Curriculum, Mentors, Models, Outreach Programs, Partnerships in Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Questionnaires, School Business Relationship, Student Organizations, Summer Programs, Team Teaching, Universities, Workplace Literacy, Youth Programs
For full text: http://www.sbaer.uca.edu/Research/1999/USASBE/99usa173.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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