• Welcome to Entrepreneurship and Career Exploration!

    lle Hoeksema
    Email Address: hoeksemj@ntzb.org
    Phone number: 847-746-0903

    Course Description


    This class is a project-driven course combining personal leadership growth, leadership skill development and active participation in New Tech High activities and events. Students work in a learning environment that identifies and solves real problems by creating project plans for products and services. Students learn the basics of project management by setting goals, developing project plans and assessment measures for project quality and completion.  Students also explore a variety of career opportunities that align to their interests and competencies.

    Topics of Study

    Entrepreneurship (first semester)

    Students will learn to identify, analyze, and develop an idea into a realistic business or organization that solves a problem/need within the community.  The fundamentals of planning, marketing, management and finance will be studied as students work on developing a comprehensive business plan throughout the semester. Special emphasis will be placed on opportunity recognition, problem solving strategies and team management. Student teams will be matched with local business professionals who will coach them throughout the semester.  The project will culminate at the end of the semester with a business expo, which the community will attend to judge the students’ work.  Students will also have the opportunity to compete in the Illinois Institute of Entrepreneurship Education annual business plan competition.


    Career Exploration (second semester)

    Students will identify their own unique personality, talents, interests, and values through assessments, reflection, and class activities.   Students will then explore viable career options that fit their interests and competencies.  Research will include such activities as reviewing online literature and data, job shadowing, informational interviews, and guest speakers.  Once students have narrowed their choices, they will create a plan that enables them to achieve their career goals. 


Last Modified on August 4, 2011