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Kenya James: Founder and Publisher of Blackgirl Magazine

Kenya Jordana James created a publication that shows African American girls at their best. She took classes on graphic design and marketing and even attended a writing camp. Before starting her own business, Kenya looked for success stories of trailblazers who have succeeded in her field.

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Parents & Educators
Research has shown that entrepreneurial traits emerge in children at a very young age. Entrepreneurship education engages students in experiential learning leading them to observe, interpret, analyze, make decisions and consider consequences. Students develop essential skills by integrating entrepreneurship education with a technical and academic curriculum.

Entrepreneurship education teaches students how to plan and communicate ideas about the risks and rewards of business ownership. There are many benefits of encouraging and supporting young entrepreneurial pursuits. Young entrepreneurs are able to:
  • Develop money management skills
  • Develop an understanding of economic realities
  • Develop strong work ethic
  • Manage time, people, and resources
  • Understand the value of a dollar
  • Leverage risks
  • Turn innovation into micro-enterprises
Entrepreneurship Education Path

Students take career/technical course in combination with entrepreneurship courses during their junior and/or senior year, to develop the foundation that will lead them into intrapreneurship or entrepreneurship.
  • Students can take Entrepreneurship or the career/technical class in the order they prefer. Each of the courses has been aligned to meet the curriculum standards of Washtenaw Community College (WCC) and students can receive 3 or more college credits per course. When taking the combination courses they may be eligible to receive 6 or more credits.
  • The second year (often the senior year), students are eligible to dual enroll in an additional entrepreneur course at WCC where they receive experience of managing the day-to-day operations of business. Students must see their high school counselor to sign up for dual enrollment at Washtenaw Community College.

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