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3 Graduate Credit Hours (ED500)


Course Description:

Do you want to bring excitement to your classroom and real-life skills to your students? School-Based Enterprises are student-led businesses that are cooperatively operated by students and based within a school. These unique programs allow for varying levels of student responsibility while gaining realistic workplace skills.


School-Based Enterprises can be used to sell products through a permanent location, a mobile kiosk or even internet marketing. Products may include spirit wear, food and beverage, school supplies or even creative design and advertising; the opportunities are endless. School-Based Enterprises are effective educational tools in helping prepare students for the transition from school to work or college; providing management, supervision and leadership skills.


In this course we will discover the many types of School-Based Enterprises available for teachers to use in their classrooms along with researching how to set them up appropriately to mirror your curriculum. Additionally, we will explore ways to properly assess student work and participation.


Instructor:  Mercedes Rasmussen 

School-Based Enterprise: Real-World Experience

  • Mercedes Rasmussen, M.A, M.Ed., is a business teacher and DECA sponsor with 25 years of experience in the secondary classroom and 2 years of experience as an instructor at the University level in the area of Teacher Education. She believes in the power of building strong relationships with students and building a warm and welcoming classroom environment. In her free time Mercedes enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 sons. She is passionate about helping teachers enhance and build curriculum that engages students and helps to build excitement and confidence.

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