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WARREN – When students in the entrepreneurship class at John F. Kennedy High School take product orders, they’re dealing with real customers and real money, and working under real deadlines.
“I think it’s different” said Roman Young, 17. “You don’t go to too many high schools where students learn to manage their money. “
Students in the class design products ranging from posters and signs to t-shirts, poker chips, and cutting boards, and then make the products using a large laser printer, laser engraver, and a t-shirt press.
Aidan Rossi, 16, a junior, who has worked hard this year to design and laser print trivets, said part of the course is figuring out the cost of materials and how much to charge for finished products in order to achieve a profit.
Plus, students must meet deadlines for their orders – a trivet takes 25 to 30 minutes to burn, depending on the design, Rossi said.
Students are also expected to correspond with customers, send designs back and forth, and notify them when orders are ready. Money earned on sales goes back to the class account for future projects.
Young, who is taking the course for the second time, said he liked the course both for its creative aspects and because it teaches students how to run a business and talk to customers. One of his recent favorite projects was to create a banner for Reverend Christopher Cicero at the Blessed Sacrament.
“I think it’s a good introduction to all the different aspects of business” said Professor Matthew Green, who led the class for two years.
He said that while courses like economics might “locker” students in one field of study, Kennedy’s Entrepreneurship class enables students to find the aspect of business that interests them most.
The students work in the Think Lab, a former library that has become a technological hub. In addition to the tools most often used by the entrepreneurship class, the space has a green screen, interactive whiteboard, and large TV, among other things.
School principal Alyse Consiglio, who has led efforts to both convert the library and launch the entrepreneurship course, said the course is “practice”.
“We have a lot of small business owners in Kennedy,” said Consiglio. “We wanted to give their children a way to learn business. “
She said that she and Green are “Self-taught” and I learned with the students.
“They see us as lifelong learners”, said Consiglio.
Green said his favorite thing about the class was seeing students’ creativity and the way it manifested itself in the form of real products.
“I think they really like seeing this physical product and seeing that people really want to buy it,” said Vert.