“Taking care of business” | West Newsmagazine

By August 21, 2017 May 1st, 2020 Media, Media Coverage, News, South

VE students Jacob Poscover, Liza Tarakanova, Brooke Ryan, Skyler Smith and Allison Wagner.


Last year, 48 high school students from two Parkway schools participated in a pilot experiential learning program that was a resounding success…Thanks to West High’s business teacher Emanuel Young, it came to Parkway South and West high schools during the 2016-17 school year, making Parkway the first district in Missouri to offer VE.
Young was introduced to VE, specifically its career and technical education [CTE] pathway, during his six years as a New York City educator. When he moved back to St. Louis with his wife and three young sons to teach business classes in Parkway, he knew he wanted to bring the program with him. Amy Belding, coordinator of career and technical education, was sold on the program immediately and fast-tracked it as Parkway’s newest entrepreneurship program.
“We visited two comprehensive high schools using the program and received training from Long Island public schools,” Belding explained. “We were very excited to bring it to Parkway!”