VEI Programs Launch in 50 New Schools

By September 27, 2012 News


Over the past 16 years, the Virtual Enterprises International (VEI) program has expanded from seven high schools in New York City to more than 500 participating high schools and colleges across the country. This year, VEI is proud to welcome 50 new schools from 42 school districts nationwide.

Among the keys to VEI’s success is its unique pedagogical approach to teaching entrepreneurship and business. The program thrives in many different types of schools and is open to all interested students, who are empowered to unleash their potential through creating and managing business ventures. New York Times reporter Elbert Chu notes that, “At a time when there is lingering neglect—but improved appreciation—for business and entrepreneurship education, Virtual Enterprises International is filling a niche at its participating schools.”

 VEI’s growth has been fueled not only by demand for the program at the school and district levels, but by support from both educators and the business community. In January 2012, the New York Life Foundation announced a $1 million grant to support the expansion of the program in four states—California, Florida, Illinois and New York.

To start a VEI program, complete the  online application and a National VEI representative will follow up with you.

The following is a partial list of schools with new VEI programs:

School City State School District
Citrus Valley High School Redlands CA Redlands Unified School District
Gateway High School Clovis CA Aurora Public Schools
Homestead High School Cupertino CA Fremont Union High School District
Reedley High School Reedley CA Kings Canyon Unified School District
Sanger High School Sanger CA Sanger Unified School District
West High School Tracy CA Tracy Unified School District
Austin Business and Entrepreneurship Academy Chicago IL Chicago Public Schools
Cary-Grove High School Cary IL Community High School District 155
Crystal Lake Central High School Crystal Lake IL Community High School District 155
Crystal Lake South High School Crystal Lake IL Community High School District 155
Metea Valley High School Aurora IL Indian Prairie School District 204
Neuqua Valley High School Naperville IL Indian Prairie School District 204
Prairie Ridge High School Crystal Lake IL Community High School District 155
Waubonsie Valley High School Aurora IL Indian Prairie School District 204
Byron High School Byron MI Byron Area School District
Careerline Tech Center Holland MI Ottawa Area Intermediate School District
Corunna High School Corunna MI Corunna Public School District
GASC Technology Center Flint MI Flint Community Schools
Laingsburg High School Laingsburg MI Laingsburg Community Schools
Lakeland High School White Lake MI Huron Valley Schools
Lapeer County Ed & Tech Attica MI Lapeer County Intermediate School District
Perry High School Perry MI Chandler Unified School District
Pinckney Community High School Pinckney MI Pinckney Community Schools
Southgate Anderson High School Southgate MI Southgate Community School District
Cedar Ridge High School Hillsborough NC Round Rock Independent School District
Franklinton High School Franklinton NC Franklin County School District
Orange High School Hillsborough NC Orange County Schools School District
Person High School Roxboro NC Person County Schools
Warren County High School Warrenton NC Warren County Public Schools
Boonton High School Boonton NJ Boonton Public Schools
Lakeland High School Lakeland NJ Lakeland Central School District
Pascack High School Hillsdale NJ Pascack Valley Regional High School District
Pequannock High School Pequannock NJ Pequannock Township Public Schools
Wallenpaupack High School Wallenpaupack NJ Wallenpaupack Area School District
West Essex High School West Essex NJ West Essex Regional School District
Cane Ridge High School Antioch TN Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
Cordova High School Cordova TN Memphis City Schools
Dickson County High School Dickson TN Dickson County School District
East Ridge High School East Ridge TN Hamilton County Schools
Houston County High School Erin TN Houston County Schools
Houston High School Germantown TN Shelby County Schools
Lake County High School Tiptonville TN Lake County School System
Lincoln County High School Fayetteville TN Lincoln County School District
McMinn County C&T Center Athens TN McMinn County Schools
Portland High School Portland TN Sumner County School District
South Gibson County High School Medina TN Gibson County School District
Summertown High School Summertown TN Lawrence County School District
Westmoreland High School Westmoreland TN Sumner County Schools