RPS 205 business students swim with sharks

When a start-up company can make $30,000 in sales in one day, that’s success. And an education. Two Virtual Enterprises International teams from East High School – Evolve Gaming and Exclusive Tek – each logged $30,000 in virtual sales at the Great Lakes Trade Show Feb. 20 in Rosemont. They were among five teams from the Rockford Public Schools – 50 students in all — who participated in the event. Virtual Enterprise is an in-school entrepreneurship program and global business simulation, which has been embedded in the RPS 205 high school...

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For Auburn students, learning is ‘Knight & Day’

Nikolina Cuca is fortunate she learned a management lesson now, before she’s really a manager. The Auburn High School senior is CEO of a virtual clothing business for professionals  – Knight & Day – that celebrated a ribbon cutting and news conference at Auburn on Tuesday, Jan. 27. Ms. Cuca said she soon discovered that managers need to know what motivates employees. In the case of one employee of Knight & Day who wasn’t pulling his weight, she bypassed the class buzz and talked to him directly. He told her he didn’t see the value in...

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RPS students compete as virtual business owners

Auburn High School senior Nikolina Cuca learned a lesson in her Virtual Enterprise class that some CEOs spend years figuring out: Not every employee is motivated by the same thing. “You have to find what everyone’s incentives are,” Nikolina said. Nikolina is among students from Auburn, East and Guilford high schools who will travel to St. Charles North High School on Tuesday, Dec. 9, to compete in a statewide virtual business competition. Since the beginning of the school year, students in the Virtual Enterprise class have brainstormed a...

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RPS 205 students learn by running businesses

Are entrepreneurs born or made? I suspect it’s a little bit of both, but a class at East, Auburn and Guilford high schools is helping students improve the odds of success. Virtual Enterprises International is an in-school entrepreneurship program and global business simulation. For students, it’s like running a business with training wheels. They create and manage a virtual, Internet-based business and do everything from developing a product to coming up with a funding plan to running a workplace. They set up departments of marketing, sales,...

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