Message from the Director
Welcome to the Western Region of the Virtual Enterprises, International Website!
A Virtual Enterprise is a simulated business that is set up and run by students to prepare them for working in a real business environment. With the guidance of a teacher (“consultant”) and real-world business partners, the students determine the nature of their business, its products and services, its management and structure, and engage in the daily operations of running a business. Emphasis is placed on using current business software, communications, and the Internet for business transactions.
More and more classroom teachers have found ways to bring the business world to their students through programs such as the Stock Market Game, YEP, SAGE, and Junior Achievement. These programs teach entrepreneurship and practical skills that are essential to career readiness while promoting healthy competition to motivate students. The Virtual Enterprise Program follows in the footsteps of these other efforts, and has the added advantage of linking students in a global business network. This simulation takes the teacher outside of the traditional instructional paradigm and then places the students on the front lines of the business world.
The Western Region of Virtual Enterprise is founded on the five fundamental beliefs that:
- All students will learn
- Learning will be relevant
- Students will apply what they learn
- Students will be encouraged to explore career options
- Students will understand the world of work
The Western Regional Virtual Enterprise Program serves a wide range of student abilities and interests. A strength of this program is its flexible nature. The simulation model is utilized to serve diverse student populations ranging from special education students in high school to community college students working on business degrees. Some school sites allow open entry, while other sites require prior course work to enroll in the Virtual Enterprise Program. Regardless of individual models, the Virtual Enterprise Program’s goal is to prepare students for the world of work. The guiding curriculum objectives that should be used by each program are outlined in this website. Since the Virtual Enterprise Programs vary significantly, school site teachers and administrators must tailor their desired program outcomes according to their uniqueness. The career preparation standards that are addressed by all Virtual Enterprise Programs are: Communication Skills, Employment Literacy, Interpersonal Skills, Personal Skills, and Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills.
This 2013-14 school year will offer wonderful new situations and challenges to all who will be participating in the Western Region of Virtual Enterprises, International and the PEN International Practice Enterprises Networks. We are looking forward to welcoming at least 10 new coordinators who will be joining the program this year.
Nancy Phillips, Director