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Students become entrepreneurs at California high school

TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2013 09:27 AM

California's Foothill Technology High School is not a business school, but people would not know it based on the project students are currently participating in. Through the Aspire: Entrepreneur Education Initiative, students are working in groups to dream up an idea they will create a business plan and website for, the Ventura County Star reported.

According to Kathy Asher, the Ventura Unified School District's assistant superintendent, the project is an example of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) at their best. The CCSS will challenge high schoolers in new ways and require them to take part in longer projects, such as Aspire.

"What struck me is: Here is this economics class utilizing math in terms of their budget … marketing skills, PowerPoint presentations, public speaking," Asher told the news source.

The Aspire project is in line with the types of learning opportunities high school students will encounter once the CCSS are fully implemented. After all, they are designed to get students to apply mathematical ways of thinking to the types of issues and challenges they will encounter in the real world, according to the Common Core's website.