School-Based Enterprises

School-based enterprises are simulated learning environments, which provide a unique combination of hands-on training with the structure and supervision available within a school setting, designed to provide students with the opportunity to practice work behaviors, skills, and habits relevant to the real world of work.

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Benefits of School-Based Enterprises:

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  • Provides leadership opportunities to students
  • Provides training in a safe environment
  • To assist students in understanding the relevance of academic skills to vocational tasks
  • Engages students in starting and operating a business
  • Stresses personal responsibility, group problem-solving and decision making
  • Teaches work ethic and other soft skills
  • Promotes the importance of academics in the work setting
  • To provide opportunities to develop integrated school-to-work programs for students with and without disabilities.

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