Now in year three as a High School of Business, Bullitt East students have taken more of a leadership role.
“Students are now teaching their classmates Principles of Business,” educator Amanda Comstock said.
Juniors Wil Rigdon and Lauren Reuss confided in a little apprehension when asked to speak before groups of students but said it has helped their confidence.
“I am more comfortable this year talking about elements of the business world and how they relate to school,” Wil said.
During the 2016-2017 school year, they will share school progress with community business leaders.
“That’s the exciting part,” Lauren said. “Letting business professionals in Bullitt County know how progressive Bullitt East has become as a High School of Business.”
Bullitt East was selected for the National High School of Business™ program during the 2013-2014 school year. Program implementation occurred 2014-2015 and students took courses in 2015-2016 by participating in project-based learning, which incorporates the learning of required skills into the process of solving real world business problems.
Students must complete a series of at least six rigorous business administration courses to be considered a successful graduate of the program.
A Business Steering Team was initially assembled and has overseen the program.
“Per the contract, we are required to have teachers, administration from the school and district level as well as business leaders and college representatives,” Comstock said.
Students have used technology in each course, heard from subject-matter expert guest speakers, will complete an observational internship, and learned about business and community diversity through a partnership with a sister school.
Teachers and administrators are working together to ensure the students receive the best possible education through the program. This includes required professional development for all teachers who teach High School of Business™ courses.
The number of student participants is not restrictive.
“Any student wanting to pursue this pathway will be eligible,” Comstock said. “The program is active beginning with the class of 2018. They will be eligible to start taking courses their sophomore year.”
The program is designed to challenge students through accelerated, project-based curriculum delivered in the context of business problems. Students completing the program will be positioned to excel in college-level business administration programs.
“This is a very clear and defined pathway that students will be able to get their career readiness taken care of as well as have the opportunity to earn college credit,” she said.
Bullitt East will remain with the program as long as they complete two annual requirements.
“There is a yearly membership fee for the program,” Comstock said. “As long as we keep our membership active and stay in compliance with the guidelines, we are able to offer the program to the students.”
High School of Business™ is a program of MBA Research, a non-profit organization specializing in educational research and the development of business and marketing curriculum for high schools and colleges.