VE Program Featured as a Noteworthy Practice in New Report from the U.S. Department of Education

A new U.S. Department of Education report from the National Center for Innovation in Career & Technical Education (CTE) outlines the opportunities, challenges, instructional approaches, and noteworthy practices of U.S.-based simulated work-based learning (WBL) programs. The report cites how VE serves as a high-quality simulated WBL program and includes a site interview with Granville County Public Schools, which is currently one of 12 school districts in North Carolina implementing the VE program. A uniquely scalable approach for giving all students across America in-depth workplace and entrepreneurial experience during the school day, VE is implemented in hundreds of other districts around the country. The VE program currently serves 13,000 students a year across 500 middle and high schools throughout the U.S.

Why Granville County Public Schools Adopted VE

“Granville County began using VEI due to teachers’ and administrators’ dissatisfaction with traditional WBL, which they viewed as antiquated and inadequate to prepare students to enter the workforce. Due to the rural setting of Granville County, instructional programs that used simulation were considered advantageous to providing a worldwide connection for students who otherwise would be isolated. The administration in Granville County learned about VEI in 2008 and travelled to Tennessee to observe a VEI simulation in action, implementing VEI shortly thereafter, and the simulation is now fully implemented in all three high schools in the district. Following Granville County’s lead, 11 other school districts across North Carolina are now using VEI.”

(U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Simulated Work-Based Learning: Instructional Approaches and Promising Practices. Washington, D.C., 2017)

State CTE Director Support a Key in Program Adoption

“Granville County has received strong support from the state CTE director and the Department of Public Instruction throughout the research and implementation process. Administrators from Granville County credit their adoption of VEI to the support provided by the North Carolina State CTE director, who advocated on behalf of their programs at the state level, allowing them to implement the VEI program without excessive obstacles. Granville County has also received good publicity on a state and national level because of the director’s efforts to publicize its success.”

(U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Simulated Work-Based Learning: Instructional Approaches and Promising Practices. Washington, D.C., 2017)

How VE Connects Students with Local Communities

“The surrounding local communities are also taking on roles in helping VEI students gain real-world experiences. For example, one year a local municipality contacted Granville County with a request that VEI students help create a marketing plan for the town, which was to be presented to the board of commissioners. The students created graphics, slogans, and marketing materials that were ultimately accepted by the board to serve as the marketing plan for that town.”

(U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Simulated Work-Based Learning: Instructional Approaches and Promising Practices. Washington, D.C., 2017)

Catherine Imperatore provides a helpful summary of the report on ACTE’s CTE Policy Watch Blog, which details how WBL is integral to high-quality CTE, the models and benefits of simulated work-based learning, and keys to growing simulated WBL activities. The full “Simulated Work-Based Learning Instructional Approaches and Noteworthy Practices” report is available on the U.S. Department of Education’s website and on the National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education’s website.

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VEI Webinar: Developing 21st Century Skills



Sponsored by the New York State CTE Technical Assistance Center, this webinar provides attendees with a comprehensive overview of the Virtual Enterprises International (VEI) program model and demonstrates the significant achievement of students involved in the program. It also covers:

  • VEI’s task -based curriculum
  • The wholesale marketplace
  • The national and international directories of VEI companies
  • The web-based banking system
  • Other rich resources provided for teachers and students.

Note: The recorded webinar will be available for streaming soon, and may be downloaded by clicking the following link.

Presented by
Iris Blanc, National Director, Virtual Enterprises International
Nick Chapman, Former VEI Coordinator and current Program Coordinator for NYC VEI office of the New York City Department of Education

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If you would like more information about implementing a VEI program in your school, please contact Iris Blanc at

With emphasis on college and career readiness, VEI is an in-school, live, global business simulation that offers students a competitive edge through project-based, collaborative learning and the development of 21st-century skills in entrepreneurship, global awareness, problem solving, communication, financial literacy and technology. The program, which exists in over 40 countries, replicates all the functions of real businesses in both structure and practice. Under the guidance of a teacher-facilitator and business mentors, students create and manage their virtual businesses from product development through distribution and trade with other Virtual Enterprise firms nationwide and worldwide.  Read more







VE Student is NY1’s Scholar/Athlete of the Week

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The latest Scholar Athlete of the Week is an outstanding student who heads his school’s online magazine and rises above disability on the track team.

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Jeffrey Grinberg is more than a student at Francis Lewis High School. His teachers and classmates call him an inspiration.

Grinberg was born three months premature, and certain antibiotics he was given as a baby resulted in severe hearing loss.

“I wasn’t technically diagnosed with it until I was five and I was in kindergarten and teachers were starting say, ‘oh, this guy’s a rebel, he’s not listening to any of my directions,’” says Jeffrey.

But he’s anything but a rebel. He doesn’t use his disability as an excuse. Instead, his teachers say he just works harder than nearly anyone else. He’s an outstanding student with an A+ average.
“You don’t see disability when you look at Jeffrey. That’s the last thing that you see. You see determination, you see ability, you see goals being set, goals being met,” says Isai Serrano, Jeffrey’s Virtual Enterprise teacher.

Jeffrey’s hard work is most evident in that Virtual Enterprise class, where he’s CEO of the online magazine created with his fellow students.

Perhaps his most endearing quality is his willingness to help others at any time. Whether it’s his track teammates or a random student, his teachers say he offers academic and other kinds of advice.

“Anything the team asks him, he’ll do it. If he needs to tutor a team member, he’ll do it. If we need another leg on the relay, he’ll go ahead and do it. If another team member needs a uniform, he’s prepared to give it up for him,” says Ralph Montanaro, Jeffrey’s track coach. “He’s just exceptional.”

“You know, it just feels nice. It makes me happy, happy to see other people happy, you know, it’s a great thing, a good feeling,” says Jeffrey.

Jeffrey is setting his sights high when it comes to college. He’s applying to some of the best in the country.

He plans to study either computer engineering or business and has all the confidence in the world that he’ll be successful.

“Just because I have a disability didn’t stop me from doing what I want to do—following my dream, get where I want to get,” says Jeffrey.

For overcoming adversity and embracing the challenges along the way, Jeffrey Grinberg is the latest Health Plus/NY1 Scholar Athlete of the Week.