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Business & Innovation

*Business & Innovation is a half-day pathway and does not require any previous experience.  Click here to request Business & Innovation in your '22-'23 class schedule.

Apple, Odell Brewing Company, Cultural Enrichment Center, Amazon, Disney, and Microsoft all started with a wild idea in their founder’s garage. Come develop, validate, incubate, and accelerate your wild ideas in the Business and Innovation Pathway.

Learners in this zero-barrier pathway will develop an entrepreneurial mindset in this start-up style hub for innovation. Young entrepreneurs will partner will local businesses and community mentors, work in high-performing teams, and learn the ins and outs of project management. Learners will foster the courage to take on the unexpected and to ultimately develop businesses for a better world.

Learners in this pathway will also be able to earn their Entrepreneurship & Small Business certification offered through Certiport.

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Business Incubator

Credits:
10
Course Description

Business Incubator is an engaging program that teaches entrepreneurship through the process of new venture creation. Students have the opportunity to create and develop their own product or service and are supported by community entrepreneurs and business experts that serve as coaches and mentors. This course will assist students in development of the mindset, skills, and tools necessary to create change, improve the world, and make a difference in your life as well as the lives of those around you. We are currently working with higher education partners to allow students to earn concurrent enrollment credit for this course.

Prerequisites

None

Innovator's Studio

Credits:
10
Course Description

This is a semester long personalized, self-directed course that will allow learners to have ownership of path and product. Learners will begin by developing their learning pathway with the help of one or more Futures Lab advisors and community mentors.  Learner projects will align with student choice and will be designed to impact the world beyond the classroom walls.

Graduation Requirement

Creativity & Innovation

Credits:
5
Course Description

This highly experiential course explores the humanities through the lens of creativity and innovation. Learners will explore factors that promote and inhibit creativity and innovation through investigating history, the arts, culture, and the world. This project-based course will allow learners to investigate where good ideas come from by analyzing the historical perspective from past and present innovators and innovations, how creativity impacts the human experience, how to unlock and cultivate creativity, and ultimately how innovation impacts society and the human experience. Learners will dive into workshops, case studies, field experiences, and team design challenges.

Graduation Requirement

Innovator's Studio Extension

Credits:
10
Course Description

This is a personalized course that will allow learners to build off of their experiences in Innovator's Studio 1 or 2. Learners will have ownership of path and product and will develop their learning pathway with the help of a committee comprised of Futures Lab advisors, community mentors, and subject-specific experts. Learner projects will align with student choice and will be designed to impact the world beyond the classroom walls.

Graduation Requirement