The High School for Arts & Business Entrepreneurship & Virtual Enterprise Program was recognized by the state of New York as a certified career and technical education (CTE) program of study in 2008. The sequence consists of a Business Computer Applications course which provides the baseline for success in the sequence. It is here where students learn how to use the computer as tool for completing business tasks by creating authentic documents for use in high school, the world of work, and post secondary education. The next sequenced course of study is Entrepreneurship. Students will acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for operating a small business. This dynamic course empowers our young entrepreneurs with the skills necessary to run a business. This coursework is followed by the capstone course Virtual Enterprise. Students will showcase the knowledge, skills, and abilities they acquired in the previous two years of the sequence. It is in this rigorous double period course that students will study finance, economics, marketing, sales, accounting, and management. The methodology of this course is designed to be student centered and task based. Students follow the fiscal calendar of a simulated business firm and complete the entire real world agenda of an actual business firm. Many of these students are awarded and participate in internships. Our CTE Business students have interned with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Estee Lauder, Zenith Media and HBO. Student in the program participate in a city wide advertising futures campaign where they work side by side with Advertising executives creating ads. Our students work was published in the New York Times. We have been recognized for best Trade Fair booth design and catalog competition awards.
An additional requirement of the program is participation in college preparatory courses. CTE students take courses with Queens Borough Community College, Monroe and Baruch.