Learn­ing valu­able busi­ness skills

Moose Jaw Express.com - - Front Page -

Be­ing an en­tre­pre­neur can be a chal­lenge, whether it’s your life choice or a Busi­ness Ed­u­ca­tion class in school, as a group of Grade 11 and 12 stu­dents at Vanier Col­le­giate can at­test to. The En­trepreneur­ship 30 class at Vanier has taken on two projects, which teaches the stu­dents real life busi­ness skills. “It’s curriculum heavy in the first month or two just to get them used to the busi­ness and mar­ket­ing, as well as the char­ac­ter­is­tics of en­trepreneur­ship and what skill sets would be good for them,” ex­plains Busi­ness Ed­u­ca­tion teacher Christa Lapointe. “Then once we get the curriculum part of it out of the way, we get into things like ‘How does the mar­ket work, how do the trends work, how do we pro­duce, and how do we make con­nec­tions and net­work­ing hap­pen.” From there, the stu­dents get into the ‘hands-on’ part and work­ing to­gether as a group, mak- ing them part of a team where they are very re­spectable of each other and their ideas. One project is the plan­ning of the third an­nual Vanier Christ­mas Craft and Tradeshow set for Novem­ber 28th. The event be­gan two years ago by par­ents to raise money for stu­dent trips and grad, but has since been taken over by the En­trepreneur­ship 30 class. The event at­tracts over 1,100 peo­ple, and they are hop­ing for over fifty ven­dors this year. The ad­mis­sion fee is a sil­ver plate do­na­tion, with a por­tion of the show’s pro­ceeds go­ing to the Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion of Saskatchewan. The class has also part­nered with Ju­nior Achieve­ment, which is a non-profit in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion help­ing youth learn about busi­ness. The project is a lot of work dur­ing school hours, as well as evenings and on week­ends. The stu­dents say they have been over­whelmed, as they didn’t ex­pect event plan­ning to be so much work. There are 11 stu­dents in­volved in set­ting up the work­ing com­pany, which has a pres­i­dent and vice-pres­i­dents of mar­ket­ing & sales, fi­nance, tech­ni­cal, pro­duc­tion and oper­a­tions. Al­though it has been a lot more work and in­volve­ment than they ex­pected, the stu­dents agree, it was an en­joy­able and ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. To them, the project taught them a lot of peo­ple skills and brought them out of their com­fort zone. The sec­ond com­pany, ‘Sweet Scents’ is op­er­ated by a group of 16 stu­dents, who plan to give 25 per cent of their prof­its to ‘Cool Earth’ which works to­ward halt­ing rain for­est de­struc­tion. They have pro­duced two prod­ucts, one be­ing scented bath salts and the other is chocolate. It has taken a lot of their time be­cause the main fo­cus is on pro­duc­tion, making sure they have enough prod­uct to sat­isfy the cus­tomer base. The stu­dents have done well with their com­pany and liked the fun side of the chal­lenge but ad­mit there has been some mis­takes along the way. Run­ning out of prod­uct, us­ing the wrong co­conut oil for the choco­lates and making that first sale were just a few chal­lenges they faced. Go­ing to buy in­gre­di­ents for their prod­ucts with only $20 and find­ing they cost $60 was an­other les­son learned. Even with the ups and downs, the group is pas­sion­ate about their com­pany. They are al­ready plan­ning to ex­pand by adding dark chocolate to com­pli­ment the white chocolate sweets. There are also plans to add a kids soap to their bath scents prod­uct line. They also plan to ap­proach lo­cal busi­nesses to see if they will carry their prod­ucts. Any sup­plies the stu­dents have needed for their two com­pa­nies have been bought lo­cally, and the busi­nesses in re­turn have helped them learn many as­pects of busi­ness. “The lo­cal busi­nesses have been very will­ing to help our stu­dents learn and de­velop their busi­ness skills,” said Lapointe. The En­tre­pre­neur 30 class has strong merit, as sev­eral of the stu­dents are al­ready con­sid­er­ing an in­volve­ment in busi­ness, ei­ther as an en­tre­pre­neur or as a key em­ployee who un­der­stands the com­plex world of busi­ness.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.