Students at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Northern Westchester will now have the opportunity to earn college credits while learning valuable business lessons through Pace University.
The school and university will expand their partnership in the spring, allowing Pace business professors to teach college-level classes such as Business 101, Business Law, and Managerial and Organizational Concepts at Kennedy Catholic in Somers.
Students can earn up to nine college credits before graduating.
“We are bringing a business education to students who might not traditionally be exposed to a business education,” said Professor Randi Priluck, associate dean of undergraduate programs at Pace University and director of the master’s program in Social Media and Mobile Marketing at the Lubin School of Business. “They get to see what a real college class and college curriculum is like.”
Advanced Placement courses remain common in high schools, but this partnership is special due to the fact that it is taught by actual Pace University professors. Part of the curriculum includes managing a virtual coffee shop called Pace Cafe, where students learn about sales, accounting, inventory, marketing and more.
Students who complete these business courses with a 3.0 GPA by the end of their junior year will be considered for priority admission into the university.
As a whole, the program is being praised for providing students with real-life business experience.
“It is important for Kennedy to prepare students to participate in the economy, and the sooner they have a feel for the ‘real world’ the better off they will be,” said Robert Santini, a social studies teacher at Kennedy High School. “Re-emphasizing the basic notion that they need to prepare to participate in the economy, and ultimately society at large, and then giving them the options to begin doing so at the high school level is a worthy goal since a more productive working population is better for everyone.”
For more information about this partnership, watch the video above.
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