Students Learn the Tricks of Many ‘Virtual’ Trades at Virtual Enterprises International Conference in Pasadena

Published : Monday, March 26, 2018 | 5:10 PM

Real-life skills were taught using fictitious businesses at the Pasadena Convention Center last month when students from around the country gathered at a conference hosted by New York non-profit Virtual Enterprises International.

One thousand three hundred students attended the conference, in which the products and services are not real, and only money that is exchanged is virtual.

The New York City-based group says it helps high schoolers learn modern business skills, including problem-solving, communication and technology, and says it is influenced by the European tradition of apprenticeships in which students learn from people already working in a business or trade.

The Pasadena event offered imaginary products such as communications, technology, and food. Nick Chapman, president and national program director, Virtual Enterprises International, said that no matter what business a student “runs,” he or she quickly realizes that operating it is a lot of work.

“They’re running meetings, they’re networking, they’re meeting with professionals, they’re working with mentors, all of the things that are really going to set them apart when they get into college and then move on into their careers,” he said.

Chapman also said 13,000 students go through Virtual Enterprises International’s program each year. With an emphasis on college and career readiness, VE is an in-school, live, global business simulation that offers students a competitive edge through project-based, collaborative learning and the development of 21st-century skills in entrepreneurship, global business, problem-solving, communication, personal finance, and technology.








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