GOOD NEWS - State Career Education Leaders Say "Entrepreneurship Skills Are Extremely Important for the Future"

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The 6th Annual National Entrepreneurship Week is featuring local entrepreneurs such as Joe Russell of Russell's Cycling + Fitness, a bicycle shop in Washington, IL. who mentored local entrepreneurship students in the winning video interview posted online. Entrepreneurship educators and their students are celebrating National Entrepreneurship Week, February 18 - 25, 2012, and sharing the actions and attitudes of state department of education leaders from a current nationwide survey.

Celebrate the 6th Annual NATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK, February 18 25, 2012

"The entrepreneurs of tomorrow ....are in our schools today!

The 6th Annual National Entrepreneurship Week is featuring local entrepreneurs such as Joe Russell of Russell's Cycling + Fitness, a bicycle shop in Washington, IL.    This entrepreneur demonstrated his interest in mentoring the students of the Business Entrepreneurship Class at Washington Community High School, in the winning video interview for "Hot Shot Entrepreneurs". YouTube link The competition was sponsored by the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education with the winning video posted on the National Entrepreneurship Week website.    

Entrepreneurship Education, like this Illinois program, is alive and well in most of the United States, with various types of action being taken to support entrepreneurship as a career choice in the public schools of different states.

SURVEY OF STATES - To honor the 6th annual celebration of National Entrepreneurship Week, the host (The Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education) conducted a survey of the state education leaders to determine "THE STATE OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION, 2012". The goal was to explore where each state stands on providing entrepreneurial experiences with emphasis on K-12 programs.

Most significant from the survey, 80% of the states said "Entrepreneurship skills are extremely important to the future." However, for the most part, these state leaders have not taken major steps to include entrepreneurship education in the curriculum. Important results included:

  •     More than two-thirds of the states said "they have standards that include entrepreneurship competencies". Even more said they "offer separate classes in entrepreneurship" (76%), and almost all (90%) said the "colleges offered entrepreneurship education."
  •     When asked if their teacher training/certification had requirements for teacher preparation to support entrepreneurship education, 80% said "no" or they were "not sure". When you consider that most teachers have not been entrepreneurs it seems obvious that this is a major area of needed teacher preparation.
  •     When asked how entrepreneurship was taught in their state, 75% said "optional use of business plan development in various courses" followed by 44% that said "they have summer camps for selected students". The concepts of "problem-based learning activities", a series of "entrepreneurial experiences", "preparation for questions on state tests", and "opportunities for advanced placement credit" were not identified as frequently used.     The dependence on a written business plan as preparation for starting a business is a limiting educational approach. However this is often the only answer in both high schools and colleges.
  •     The Consortium is delighted that 78% of the states reporting, said that data from the Consortium’s newsletters focusing on the FORUM, webinars, and websites regarding the development of the entrepreneurial climate have been used to enhance entrepreneurial education in their state.

We invite all interested in nurturing the entrepreneurial mindset with American youth to see the entire report, entitled "THE STATE OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION 2012" at under "Hot Topics". We are particularly encouraged by the state leadership that is now moving toward including entrepreneurship competencies in state educational standards.

CELEBRATIONS EVERYWHERE - Across the nation there are major events being staged this week at state and local venues during this, the 6th annual National Entrepreneurship Week. Educators and entrepreneurs alike recognize the importance of the contributions of American risk-takers as they create jobs and build the economy. Many governors are showing their support for "free enterprise" with state proclamations for the Week. The Consortium's website is a collection of pictures, stories, and events created by the network of those that believe....

"Entrepreneurs are not 'born' ... rather they 'become' through the experiences of their lives."

Parents, teachers, entrepreneurs and community leaders everywhere will want American Youth to seek their opportunities to become self-reliant and develop the skills to create their own future.    


The members are champions for "entrepreneurship education" at all levels of education and across all disciplines in America and the world. We encourage education leaders everywhere to join us in sharing ideas for empowering youth and adults to recognize the opportunities of an entrepreneurial career and develop the knowledge and skills that lead to success. We believe that multiple education experiences are all part of preparing students to be the entrepreneurial leaders of the future.

The Consortium was created by the International Enterprise Academy at the Ohio State University in 1980 and has become a private, non-profit corporation since 1998. The Consortium provides an annual national professional development conference for teachers, created and supports National Entrepreneurship Week, maintains websites and produces regular newsletters sharing the work of its members and the field of entrepreneurship education.

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