News 12 at This Morning / Friday, Nov. 11, 2011
WARREN COUNTY, Ga. -- The program hasn't started yet, but students are rushing in their applications to get accepted into this class.
Warren County High School is the first school in Georgia to incorporate the Young Entrepreneurs Program into its curriculum.
"I've always wanted to start my own business," said Aquala Pritcher.
With the help of the Warren County Chamber of Commerce, the school is partnering with local businesses to put students like Pritcher in charge.
Scott Swan, the business teacher at the high school said, "They've agreed to help fold it into the entrepreneurs class so they'll get credit for the work they do."
Applicants like Pritcher will be selected by the Chamber who will be looking for detailed business proposals, savvy pitches and successful leaders.
"I wanted to start a youth volunteer program where you go around the community and help out," Pritcher explained.
Michael Huebener, a business owner, in Warrenton added, "This seems to be a very real world introduction into what it takes to operate a business."
Whether it's a profitable venture or a nonprofit like Prichter's, Huebener is hoping to show students how to develop a website and create logos for their businesses. He is also hoping to show them how to create jobs.
"The big businesses can't employ everyone especially in a small community like Warrenton," Huebener said.
Kaveous Preston, the principal of Warren County High School said, "It's not just going out to look for a job but looking to create a job that is going build our economy and our country."
It's a different type of learning environment.
"Gives them the opportunity to compete for start up funds," Swan said.
It also brings their business to life with lessons you can't always learn from a textbook or inside the classroom.
The program will start in January. Only 20 students will be selected.