Brazilian Ministry of Education Officials Learn About VE as Part of U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program

Seven high-level officials from the Brazilian Ministry of Education visited VEI’s National Office as part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The program brings officials to the U.S. to visit educational institutions and meet with their counterparts to exchange experiences and best practices in innovative high school models that can help better bridge students to post-secondary education and/or the private sector.

The visitors interacted with VE student-employees of Imagination, Inc. at The Maxine Greene HS for Imaginative Inquiry in New York City, explored VE best practices for engaging young people in career-focused study and preparation, and learned about elements of the VE’s international program and how the VE program engages students in relevant cultural interaction and experiences.

Delegates meeting with VE students

International Visitor Leadership Program Objectives

The Department of State has outlined the following specific objectives for the project.

  • Provide participants with a panorama of the U.S. education system.
  • Introduce participants to key leaders from major associations, think tanks and/or research institutions in the area of education.
  • To visit different models of high performing and innovative schools – regular, magnet, vocational-technical, charter, others – to learn about the structure and financing of these schools, curriculum development, and partnerships (with the community, post-secondary institutions, the job sector).
  • Examine student performance evaluation methods.

Program Participants

  • Ricardo CORREA COELHO, Program Director, Ministry of Education
  • Eduardo DESCHAMPS, State Secretary of Education, State Secretariat of Education at Santa Catarina
  • Maria Ester GALVAO DE CARVALHO, President, State Council of Education of the State of Goias
  • Julio GREGORIO FILHO, State Secretary of Education, Secretariat of Education of the Federal District
  • Rafael Esmeraldo LUCCHESI RAMACCIOTTI, Director of Education and Technology, Brazilian National Confederation of Industry
  • Claudia Sueli RODRIGUES SANTA ROSA, State Secretary of Education, State Secretariat of Education of the State of Rio Grande do Norte
  • Rossieli SOARES DA SILVA, Secretary of Basic Education, Ministry of Education
  • Alessio TRINDADE DE BARROS, State Secretary of Education, State Secretariat of Education of the State of Paraiba
  • Jose Marcos Pereira, U.S. Department of State Interpreter
  • Alex C. Ladd, U.S. Department of State Interpreter
  • Sebastian Vasconcelos (Adminstrative), U.S. Department of State Interpreter

Further Reading

Korean Educators Learn About the VE Approach to Career Readiness


The Largest Marketplace in NYC – 2014 International Trade Show Recap


On the last day of the 2014 Youth Business Summit, new life was injected into the historical 69th Regiment Armory. We witnessed the largest (virtual) marketplace in NYC and the highest volume global trading day for VEI. From the starting horn to the final nanosecond, over 4,000 attendees gathered together for a day full of business exchange, innovative booth displays from 160 VE firms from around the world, and enthusiastic salesmanship.

Virtual Enterprises International holds it International Trade Show in New York.

Frank Boccio, Executive Vice President of New York Life, cuts the ribbon to open a day of trading at NYC’s biggest (virtual) market


Bird’s eye view of the trading floor


2014 Trade Show Competition Results

Use the links below to the find the top VEI firms for each competition.

2014 Booth Competition
2014 Catalog Competition
2014 Sales Competition
2014 Website-Basic Competition
2014 Website-Advanced Competition

2014 Booth Competition Results

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2014 Trade Show Photos


2014 Global Business Challenge Results
2014 National Business Plan Competition Results
2014 Youth Business Summit Photo Gallery