• PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    Mission

    The Wildcat Entrepreneurship Academy will equip students with an entrepreneurial mindset; preparing them to become business leaders and active participants in the economic growth of Marion County.

    Description

    The program will introduce students to the concept of entrepreneurship, present entrepreneurship as a viable career option, provide students with the skills needed to realistically evaluate their potential as business owners, and to develop the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to start and operate a business

     

    PROGRAM STRUCTURE

    Courses

    Year One - Principles of Entrepreneurship (8812110)

    Year Two – Business Management and Law (8812120

    Year Three – Business Ownership (8812000)

    Year Four – Marketing Education Directed Study (8800100)

     

    Soft Skills & Entrepreneurial Mindset Development

    Students will participate in daily activities to build the skill set needed to be successful business owners. Skills developed in this academy include:

    Initiative & Self-Reliance                                              Flexibility & Adaptability

    Communication & Collaboration                                  Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

    Future Orientation                                                       Opportunity Recognition

    Comfort with Risk                                                         Creativity & Innovation

    Dependability & Reliability                                           Work Ethic

    Positive Attitude

     

    Projects-based Learning

    Project-Based Learning is an instructional methodology that encourages students to learn and apply knowledge and skills through an engaging experience. This deeper learning in-context and for the development of important skills ties to college and career readiness. Projects will include:

    • Development of Innovative Solutions to Identified Problems
    • Development of an Evolving Business Idea
    • Design and Development of Products, Services, Applications
    • Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Online Curriculum
    • Interaction with the Local Business Community (Field trips, Guest Speakers, Job Shadowing)
    • Classroom, region, state and national business plan competitions (ALL STUDENTS WILL PARTICIPATE IN COMPETITIONS)

     

    College and Work Readiness

    Every student will participate in lessons to reinforce skills needed for the FCAT, SAT, ACT, and Common Core State Standards for college and work readiness. This program will help students refine their reading, writing and proofreading skills, develop recordkeeping skills, learn about ethics, employability skills and how to use Microsoft and Adobe CC applications and the Internet.  

     

    Industry Certifications*                                  

    Adobe InDesign, Photoshop

    Microsoft Office Specialist

    *Students are expected to study and sit for the Microsoft Office and Adobe Industry Certification Exams.   The exams take place in the Forest Testing Center. Cost of the exams are included in the course.

     

    ASSESSMENT PLAN/GRADE EVALUATION

    Each assignment, quiz, test, class activity, participation, group and individual projects will be assigned a point total. Grades will be based on the percentage weight of each category. Total points for the course will be based on number of assignments, activities, quizzes, etc.

    Assessment Plan

    Activity

    Percent of Grade

    Grading Scale

    Rubric

    Fundamental Skills

    ·         Daily classwork

    ·         NFTE Online Assignments

    ·         Participation

    ·         Certification Prep

    30%

     

    A = 90-100%

    Exceeds Expectations; consistent and most effective application of critical thinking, great troubleshooting skills, active participant in class, works well in a team, good attendance and professional ethics, model for others to follow.

    Quizzes & Tests

    30%

     

    B = 80-89%

    Meets Expectations; effective application of critical thinking, good troubleshooting skills, active participant in class, good attendance and professional ethics, consistently completes all assignments above minimum requirements, a solid performer.

    Evolving Business Plan

    30%

     

    C = 70-79%

    Passing Grade; accomplishes minimum requirements, satisfactory understanding of the basic concepts, good attendance and professional ethics.

    Soft Skills

    ·         Dependability

    ·         Communication

    ·         Teamwork

    ·         Attitude

    ·         Work Ethic

    10%

     

    D = 60-69%

    Passing Grade; quality and quantity of work and participation is below average, poor attendance

     

     

     

    F = below 60%

    Failing; quality and quantity of work and participation or professional ethics unacceptable

     SUPPLIES

    • 3-ring binder with notebook paper
    • Pencil, pen, highlighter
    • Earbuds
    •  Competition Supplies – Poster boards
    • Business Clothes for Competitions, Field Trips and Volunteering

     

    ACADEMY EXPECTATIONS

    The Wildcat Entrepreneurship Academy is an interactive program in which students will be developing valuable skills that will lead to success! It is my expectation that students will arrive to class prepared to:

    Participate in hands-on activities

    Step outside of their comfort zone

    Develop individual business plans

    Be active participates in group project

    Come prepared (notebook, pen/pencil)

     

    The Wildcat Entrepreneurship Academy has a relationship with the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP), the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and Junior Achievement of Central Florida (JA). When interacting with these organizations, students are expected to represent Forest High School in a professional manner.   

     

    CELL PHONES ARE PROHIBITED IN THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP ACADEMY

    (unless permitted for an assignment)

    FOOD and DRINKS ARE PROHIBITED AT THE COMPUTER STATIONS

    COMPUTERS WILL ONLY BE USED FOR CLASSROOM ASSIGNMENTS

     

    Violations of the academy expectations may lead to disciplinary action or dismissal from the academy.