December 13, 2013

On Thursday, students from Merino and Peetz high schools were on the campus of Northeastern Junior College participating in a High School of Business program activity. Specifically, the students were making presentations before a group of business teachers and administrators to show off their problem solving skills. They came to campus with one business situation presentation which they had time to study and research prior to being on stage. They were also asked to take on an improv situation which forced them to  think on their feet during the session.

Students  from Peetz, (left to right) Jordan Buss, Adam Davis, Jordan Nelson and Josh Fiscus,  present at NJC during a High School of Business event

Students from Peetz, (left to right) Jordan Buss, Adam Davis, Jordan Nelson and Josh Fiscus, present at NJC during a High School of Business event on Thursday. (Courtesy Photo)

Last August, Northeast Colorado BOCES announced that it had been selected as a school site for the High School of Business™ program. The program is designed to challenge students through accelerated, project-based curriculum delivered in the context of business problems. Students completing the program are positioned to excel in college-level business administration programs.  Through an arrangement with NJC, students in this program are able to also earn some college credit for participation.

Students engaged in the High School of Business take part in project-based learning, which incorporates the learning of required skills into the process of solving real world business problems. Students complete a series of at least six rigorous business administration courses and in the process they must  use technology, hear from subject-matter expert guest speakers, complete an observational internship, and learn about business and community diversity through a partnership with a sister school.

A team from Peetz High School composed of sophomores  Jordan Buss, Adam Davis and Jordan Nelson and senior Josh Fiscus presented their scenario which involved a Super Hero based company that had experienced a 40 percent drop in sales. The team had to research and define why the sales were down and then make recommendations for how this could be corrected. The group talked about changes that needed to be made in everything from management, finance and accounting to operation and production, including the dismissal of some non-performing employees to be replaced by new Super Heros to get the job done right.

The group had named the various characters in the company, including a Marketing Monster and Mr. Management.  The end result was new products of higher quality and a return of good customer service and better sales. At the end of the presentation, they entertained questions from the audience. When asked how they thought this kind of learning had affected them, Fiscus was quick to say that being able to see the relevance of what they were working on as it really related to the class made it much easier to go to class. “Those classes where you just hear a lecture every day and then take a test on Friday—I hate them,” Fiscus admitted to the group.  For the presentation, one of the Peetz  team members even came dressed as a Super Hero.

High School of Business™ is a program of MBA Research, a non-profit organization specializing in educational research and the development of business and marketing curriculum for high schools and colleges. For more information about the High School of Business™ program at NEBOCES, contact Gary Koch at (970)774-6152, or on the website www.mbaresearch.org and look under the HS of Business link.