Virtual Enterprise Class at San Juan Hills High School Offers Hands-On Experience

Virtual Enterprise at San Juan Hills High School (SJHHS) is a collaborative learning environment that offers students hands-on, real-world experience in business. In this class, students work together to create and run a mock business as a class.

Each student serves a different role in the company, just like in a real business. Students also compete in trade shows against other Virtual Enterprise students and can be awarded in categories like salesmanship, booth set-up, business/marketing plans, and human resources. This year’s students at SJHHS created “inVEst,” essentially a stock market or trading platform for Virtual Enterprise companies.

The SJHHS Virtual Enterprise class recently competed in the California State Trade Show in Bakersfield against a total of 80 schools and brought home three awards. The Business Plan Team of juniors Emily Wale, Jaden Bryan, and James Wale, along with senior Cole Lowey, earned 7th place in the state of California, qualifying them for a possible spot to compete in the National Business Plan Competition, held in New York this April.

In order to qualify for this competition, Business Plan Competition students must formulate a detailed written Business Plan and present it to judges within 8-10 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of questions from the judges. Students then compete in four rounds of competition, with the field narrowed down each time.

Human Resources associates Isabella Poppen (freshman) and Amanda Fohrman (senior) earned Gold for placing in the top 5 out of 80 competing firms. Sales associates Diego Harrison (sophomore) and Bradley Armstrong (sophomore) were awarded Silver for placing in the top 10 out of 80 competing firms. 

As the Virtual Enterprise class continues to grow at SJHHS, the school is increasingly proud of these students for their hard work in setting up their business this year and competing at such a high level at the state competition.

This program is offered as part of the College and Career Advantagepartnership. The lab was built using CTE incentive grant funds. 

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