CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Dec. 7, 2000
UI helps high school teachers grow young Iowa entrepreneurs
IOWA CITY, Iowa The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial
Center (JPEC) at the University
of Iowa is working with Iowa high school teachers to incorporate entrepreneurial
education into their classrooms.
Through the Iowa High School Teacher Training and
Youth Entrepreneurship Program, JPEC and the National Foundation for Teaching
Entrepreneurship (NFTE) have partnered to provide a comprehensive entrepreneurship
curriculum that includes BizTech, an online learning program.
According to JPEC's Youth Entrepreneurship Coordinator
Dawn Bowlus, BizTech provides a hands-on learning opportunity. "Many Iowa
teachers have been teaching entrepreneurial courses and concepts for years.
The BizTech web-based program empowers teachers from various disciplines to
teach entrepreneurship. Through this technology, students learn about entrepreneurship
while applying math, reading and writing skills in the development of a business
plan. Ultimately, students learn skills relevant for a lifetime."
Over the next three years, the JPEC hopes to enroll
a total of 150 teachers and impact 2,000 students across Iowa. To date, 49
Iowa teachers and more than 400 students are participating in the program.
"The UI program is open to all Iowa High School teachers interested in, or
currently teaching entrepreneurship. This program is being taught in various
classes including careers; foods; retail sales; business; marketing; economics
as well as entrepreneurship. One of the best things about this program is
its adaptability," says Bowlus.
Teachers who participate in the two-day entrepreneurship
training leave with strategies and methods for integrating entrepreneurship
and BizTech into their classrooms. In addition, teachers receive a BizBag
loaded with curriculum materials including textbooks, lesson plans, quizzes,
and transparencies. Their classrooms receive teacher and student access to
the password-protected BizTech site, as well as supplemental resource materials.
JPEC is currently developing the Iowa Youth Entrepreneurship website that
features bulletin boards, chat rooms, success stories and teacher-developed
Cheryl Beaver, who teaches family and consumer science
at Clarinda High School has found the BizTech materials and training to be
very useful in her careers class. "BizTech is so wonderful because it reinforces
the textbook learning about entrepreneurship. It helps to build skills for
our students in creativity, critical thinking, higher order thinking, and
In addition to gaining access to the BizTech on-line
curriculum, Iowa students will have the opportunity to learn entrepreneurship
skills through a student-focused portion of the website. In addition to creating
business plans online, students will be able to communicate with other students
statewide, find resources for conducting market research, and read success
stories of Iowa entrepreneurs and business leaders.
Craig Douma, a teacher at South OBrien High
School in Paullina, finds the program to be useful in his retail sales
"The BizTech program was an excellent program to teach
and challenge my students to better understand what it means to own a business,"
he said. "It allowed them to use their creativity in creating a business that
they might want to pursue in the future. It taught them that it is a complicated
process, something that is not done overnight."
This summer, students from around the state can participate
in the Youth BizCamp at UI.
For more information, contact Bowlus at (319) 335-0985,
or go online to http://www.biz.uiowa.edu/entrep/.
Teachers trained in August were:
COUNCIL BLUFFS: Julie O'Doherty, Thomas Jefferson
Cresco: Judy Strike, Crestwood High School.
Delhi: Vicki Spellerberg, Maquoketa Valley CSD,
Des Moines: Jennifer Foster, North High School;
Brad Buchan, Urbandale High School.
Elkader: Liz Hobert, Keystone Area Education Agency
Fort Dodge: Pam Uhlenkamp, Fort Dodge Senior High
Hampton: Rick Janssen, Hampton-Dumont High School
Keokuk: Carolyn Harryman, Keokuk CSD
Madrid: Tim Connolly, Woodward-Granger Community
Marion: Lora Lemkuhl, Linn Mar High School.
Monona: Becky Holt, MFL MarMac.
Monroe: Eileen Mercuris, PCM High School.
Paullina: Craig Douma, South O'Brien High School
Postville: Brad Bucknell, Postville Community School
Reinbeck: Dale Wambold, Gladbrook-Reinbeck High
Rockwell: Nancy Sheriff, Rockwell-Swaledale Community
SheffielD: Randy Bohman, Sheffield-Chapin/Meservey-Thornton
Spirit Lake: Barbara Erlandson, Spirit Lake Community
Tama: Kathy Cox, South Tama County High School.
Van Horne: Bonnie Rohlena, Benton Community School
Waukon: Steve Kerchner, Waukon Senior High School.
Teachers who completed the training in November were:
ALGONA: Lynn MacVey, Algona High School.
AMERS: Rhonda Schmaltz, Ames High School.
BUFFALO CENTER: Carole Kettwick, North Iowa High
CARROLL: Linda Mack, Carroll High School; Jo Littleton,
Kuemper High School.
CEDAR RAPIDS: Donna Young, Kennedy High School;
Cherylann Stewart, Kirkwood Community College.
CHARLES CITY: Todd Forsyth, Charles City High School.
CORRECTIONVILLE: Robert Hantsbarger, River Valley
EDDYVILLE: Ronald Richards, Indian Hills Community
ELKADER: Barb Duwe and Ken Goings, Central High
EMMETSBURG: Jay Jurrens, Emmetsburg High School.
HARTLEY: Katy Evenson, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn CSD
IDA GROVE: Kate Kramer, Battle Creek-Ida Grove
LAKE PARK: Karla Kyle, Harris Lake Park High School.
LANSING: Ed Ahouse, Kee High School; Bonnie McHugh,
Kee High School.
LONE TREE: David Langley, Lone Tree High School.
MAYNARD: Robin Fliehler, West Central High School;
Dee Krum, West Central High School.
SHELDON: Matt Meendering, Sheldon High School.
STATE CENTER: Lynn Mitchell, West Marshall High
SUMNER: May Schmitt, Sumner Junior/Senior High