7TH GRADE COURSE DESCRIPTION
Technology Applications for Business, the first course in the VE-JV Career Academy, provides technology applications activities that are built around an entrepreneurial theme. Students will use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Web-development software to develop projects and create materials needed for their new business ventures. Projects are designed to develop students' skills in technology, research, communications, problem-solving, and critical thinking as well as provide them with an understanding of careers and the process of starting a business.
8TH GRADE COURSE DESCRIPTION
The VE-JV program in the 8th grade will challenge students to collaborate with their class to launch and manage a business. They will be involved in all aspects of running the business, from marketing, sales, and human resources to accounting, finance and IT. Students will assume different positions within the company including department managers and a CEO. Running all aspects of a company, VE-JV students learn about business and develop professionalism, self-confidence, teamwork and an entrepreneurial mindset. The 8th grade program is designed to provide students with hands-on experience in a variety of careers— experience that will enhance their motivation to learn and inform their decisions about future educational and career options.
Virtual Enterprise is a 2 Year program designed to help students build the fundamentals needed to be successful in the business world. By the 8th grade, the class creates and runs a business on their own.
Students apply to be part of the VE class at the end of 6th Grade. Any student can apply, but priority will be given based on academic grades and teacher recommendations. Once chosen, they will be placed in an honors class with VE as their daily elective.
McKinley welcomed our chancellor Mr. Carranza. He was very impressed with our students and their outstanding work creating their own business.