On Monday, May 22, the Center for International Trade Development was in attendance at a unique event: an inaugural award ceremony for the International Business Pathways program at Riverside Virtual School. Students ranging from 9th through 12th grade were recognized for achievements in investing, public speaking, leadership, and scholarship.
The International Business Pathways program is a first year business education program developed by the Center for International Trade Development, Eddy Sumar of ER$ Consulting, and Riverside Unified School District teacher Dave Dillon. Program partners throughout the year have included: Riverside Unified School District's Career Technical Education program; the Riverside Community College District; California State University, San Bernardino; Going Global's International Trade Education Programs; Altura Credit Union; the Credit Management Association; and the the City of Riverside.
The program is designed to give high school students the knowledge and skills they need to either join a university's business program or start their own business immediately after graduation. Designed around Eddy Sumar's ATOMIC model, Dave Dillon developed a curriculum that fulfills California's A-G requirements for graduation, but with a focus on business and entrepreneurship. Students developed such skills as time management, resume building, customer service, financial literacy, and public speaking. Major modules were centered around field trips to different places including a job fair and Model United Nations conference in San Bernardino, Altura Credit Union headquarters in Riverside, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Randi Redditt learned about the IBP program through her son, Logan Redditt, who is graduating this year. "I thought the program would be good for him," she said, "and I love the hands-on and practical approach. This program really exceeded my expectations." Logan has been accepted to the University of Utah, where he plans to major in mechanical engineering and minor in business. "This class has inspired me to think and plan ahead. I never thought about opening my own business before. I wish this program was offered in college."
For his part, Dave Dillon hopes to build on his current knowledge and expand the program in the coming years with more online business simulations and more financing. Eddy Sumar said, "This has been a fascinating journey. Things will need to be fine tuned and students at the start of the year were afraid to talk, but are now eager to and fully engaged. Indeed, a transformation happened." Next year, Mr. Sumar hopes the program will concentrate on social media and give students an exposure to different tech programs.
The video below is from the BSR Diamond Challenge this academic year a competition where the IBP students developed and presented a business proposal to a panel of judges.
Below is a gallery of the Silver OTIS booklet students worked through during the year. It features all of the different programs they took part in, what skills students developed this year, and what skills they will develop in future years.
And below is a photo gallery of the award ceremony on Monday.
To learn more about the IBP program and how to implement one in you school, contact CITD today!