Announcing the Entrepreneurial Studies Pathway (ESP)

Chip Goodman, Project ECHO Founder, is proud to announce the launch of ECHO’s new four-year high school based Entrepreneurial Studies Pathway. In-coming freshmen and sophomores at Long Beach Polytechnic High School are currently enrolling into the collaborative new program that will graduate teens with in demand business skills, ready to be self-employed, and eager to go on to college.

As ECHO enters into its third decade of offering classroom based entrepreneurial studies, its Board of Directors are delighted to share that it’s expanding its programmatic portfolio and will be piloting a new scalable Entrepreneurial Studies Pathway (ESP),  a four-year program that will fully embrace both Linked Learning and Common Core best practices. ECHO is prepared, has an education partner, and with your financial support will be ready to launch.

“The surprising fact is that radical change is not required to transform the educational experience. Our goals for today’s students can be achieved by burrowing into existing academic infrastructures and that door has been opened to ECHO,” Chip Goodman, Project ECHO Founder.

Leadership from both organizations have mapped out the draft curriculum officially known as the Entrepreneurial Studies Pathway (ESP for short) that will officially launch in September 2015.  The inaugural year will include students in 9th and 10th grades and then additional grades will be added in each of the two subsequent school years resulting in a fully enrolled four-year program by 2017.

Parents of students who will be enrolled as freshmen and sophomores at Long Beach Poly are already receiving information and the invitation to enroll into the ESP. LBUSD is currently recruiting teachers, ordering new books and supplies and making necessary technology modifications to existing classrooms. The ESP is being created within the existing standards of the California Department of Education and includes A -G and STEM options.

Project ECHO has agreed to further support the ESP by offering infrastructure support in addition to assembling an Advisory Committee to include luminaries from the start-up and entrepreneurial world, area employers, and academia. The plan is to support the effort by scaling up to assist with programmatic enhancements, visiting professorships, advanced educational opportunities and future internship and employment opportunities for the students.

In the spring, student will compete in Project ECHO's annual High School Enrepreneur's Business Plan Competition hosted at UCLA

ECHO students, more than 500 of them, will come together to compete in the High School Entrepreneur’s Business Plan competition.  Students are evaluated on their formal written business plan along with their complete pitch. See examples of recent team submissions to the right.

It’s the intent of the Project ECHO Board for the Entrepreneurial Studies Pathway to become self-sustaining by licensing the curriculum and training materials and charging a fee based model to on-board other school districts. Financial support is needed from the community to get the ESP to the point where it’s actually generating an income and is self-sustaining.

Those interested in becoming founding members of the ESP will join Chair and ECHO Founder, Chip Goodman to engage in strategic discussions on how best to advance this program.

Financial support is needed to augment the ESP budget, to include:

  1. Project ECHO program manager
  2. Teaching assistants
  3. Research and evaluation coordinator
  4. Curriculum Writer
  5. Assessment coordinator and supplies
  6. Facilities and transportation coordinator and rentals
  7. Classroom Equipment and supplies

 

For more information about the Entrepreneurial Studies Pathway, or to join the Founding Membership Team, please contact Diane Quast, Executive Director at 310.251.8535 or via email at dquast@projectecho.org

Meet the teams and read their plans from our recent Business Plan Competitions

B-Squared from Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Pacific Rim Academy

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Business Profile

Business Plan

Powerpoint

 

Name That Dog from Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Center for International Curriculum

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Profile

Business Plan

Powerpoint

 

 

Loaf of Life from Long Beach Polytechnic High School, PACE Academy

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Profile

Business Plan

 

 

 

D21 from Alliance Renee & Luskin Meyer Academy High School

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Profile

Business Plan

Powerpoint

 

 

TradarT from Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Center for International Curriculum

TradarT photoRead more:

Profile

Business Plan