Pioneered in New York City public schools, the Virtual Enterprises International™ program offers students an opportunity to experience, in a simulated business environment, all facets of being an employee in a firm. This unique program has drawn national attention as an applied learning instructional model for business, economics,finance, and career education. The concept has grown in the United States to include programs in over 900 secondary and post-secondary schools.
Throughout the United States and Europe, VEI is taking real world business education to new heights. Granville County Schools is proud to be the first Virtual Enterprise charter in North Carolina. The GCS program is affiliated with and mentored by the Tennessee Central Office of Virtual Enterprises International™
The Teacher as Facilitator:
In the VE learning environment, the teacher’s role changes from “sage on the stage” to “guide on the side.” Because the program employs a student-centered approach to learning that emphasizes project-based, collaborative learning, the teacher’s primary responsibility is to guide and direct student learning, not to deliver a daily prescribed lesson.
VE teachers are required to complete a two-day professional development session during the summer. Other opportunities, designed to enhance the professional growth and effectiveness of VE teachers are offered periodically. VE teachers network with and support one another, and are exemplars of professional sharing and collaboration.
Students engage in various business activities throughout the year, which create authentic applied learning opportunities. Participation in national and international trade fairs as well as the local and national business plan competitions is a key component of the VE program that actualizes the world of work, communications, technology and global business.
Trade fairs provide students with opportunities to present and market the products/services of their virtual business in a competitive marketplace with their local and global colleagues and peers. Each year, different cities are the venue for practice firm trade fairs, which draw thousands of participants from around the world and have become a highlight of the VE program.
VEI students become financially literate, savvy about business, and economically competitive.