Have an interest in creating and running your own business? What about earning a degree in marketing, accounting or public relations? Seniors in Entrepreneurial Studies will explore entrepreneurship through the creation of a business plan centered on a company of their own design. Students then learn about store operations, customer service, marketing and inventory management by operating the "All Wrapped Up" gift wrapping booth during the winter holiday season. The program culminates in a three-month long internship in the spring. Students create their own internship programs around their interests. Previous internship companies have included Adam's Pointe Conference Center and the Missouri Mavericks Hockey Team. Students can earn up to 18 hours of college credit through Metropolitan Community College.
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The summer prior to starting the Entrepreneurial Studies program, students are given a packet to help them start thinking about what type of company they might want to develop. Once the program starts, students will delve into the world of entrepreneurship and design their organization. Projects will include what type of product or service the company will provide, startup costs and audience research.
Previous companies have included a luggage manufacturing firm and a bakery called Diverse Desserts that featured desserts from around the world.
All Wrapped Up
Students start learning how to professionally wrap gifts and operate an actual business in October and November. The booth opens after Thanksgiving break and students operate the All Wrapped Up Gift-Wrapping Booth.
When students return to school following the winter break, they spend several weeks researching local companies. Students create their own internship proposal based around their business interests and goals for life after graduation. Students spend 2.5 hours every weekday for two months interning at an organization and gaining critical experience in a professional setting.
Previous internship companies have included:
- Adam's Pointe Conference Center
- The Missouri Mavericks Hockey Team