Since the 2006-2007 school year, Spanish River Community High School has offered an Entrepreneurship Program to its students, giving them exposure to an assortment of classes including marketing, accounting, and business.
The program’s course offerings directly prepare students for a variety of careers. The school’s marketing classes have helped students explore their creativity in online marketing, accounting classes have led students to become certified public accountants, while the business law class has prepared them for the study of law.
“Entrepreneurship is the all-encompassing subject that students are prepared for, however, we cover multiple aspects of business,” said Alain Bazile, the school’s Business Department Head. “Students that enter into our program get a taste of everything, and we also have a handful of students that have their own businesses, whether they be for profit or non-profit.”
Many of the school’s Entrepreneurial students join the DECA club, formerly referred to as Distributive Education Clubs of America. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.
Students in the club are able to attend field trips and competitions throughout the year, including the annual four-day trip to the state competition in Orlando. They also participate in the national competition which rotates between Orlando, Atlanta, Nashville, and Anaheim.
Students attend leadership conventions throughout the country, having visited Washington D.C., Daytona Beach, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater. Special DECA invitations on behalf of the Miami Heat and Florida Panthers have allowed students to tour the team facilities, meet with top people in the organizations, and later have the chance to watch a game. Students also compete in different Entrepreneurship challenges when available.
Marketing classes have been visited by toy companies who explain their advertising and promotional process to interested students. Lawyers and members of the Boca Raton Police Department have spoken before business law classes.
Through DECA and its many projects, the program has had the American Red Cross, Wells Fargo, local businesspeople, and Spanish River High DECA alumni return to the school to speak to the students.
“[The program] ultimately gives students a leg up against their competition,” Bazile said. “It also helps prepare them for the real world, and we work hard to have them be ready to cover similar material in college.”
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