Junior Academy of Entrepreneurship


Thanks to generous grants from the California Community Colleges "Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy" and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006, the Saddleback College Business Science Department has been fortunate to have the opportunity to develop the Junior Academy of Entrepreneurship at Saddleback College.


The Junior Academy is a five-year entrepreneurship pathway program that begins working with eighth grade students in area middle schools, and nurtures their entrepreneurship spirits through their four years of high school and beyond. There is no cost for middle schools to participate in the eighth grade capstone project or regional competition at Saddleback College.


Benefits to Members


     • Developing mini-business plans in eighth grade as a capstone course project
     • Competing in school wide and regional business plan fast-pitch competitions
     • Participating in events, workshops, boot camps, speakers' series and other valuable events

          hosted by the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Learning Center.
     • Completing articulated, college-level courses at their home high school
     • Earning an Occupational Skills Award (low-credit certificate) or a full certificate before they even           graduate high school.
     • Strengthening their college applications with completed, transferable college courses, or getting a           jump start on launching a real-world business endeavor by continuing their entrepreneurship           education at Saddleback College.


2015 Calendar of Events

     • March 9 - April 10, 2015 - Conduct Two-Week Mini-Business Plan Project in area Middle Schools
     • April 17 or 18, 2015 - Pre-Competition Workshop to prepare finalists for regional competition
     • May 1, 2015 - Regional Competition at Saddleback College


Middle School Program Curriculum

     • Part I - Introduction (Language Arts)
     • Part II - Marketing (Social Studies)
     • Part III - Financial (Mathematics)
     • Part IV - Fast-Pitch Presentation/Competition


This year's program focus areas have been expanded to include business ideas related to:
     • Culinary Arts
     • Horticulture/Landscape Design
     • Music/Theater Arts
     • Web Design
     • Fashion Design
     • Child Development & Education Studies
     • Journalism
     • Business


Program Schedule

This program is best managed and completed by dedicating 60-90 minutes per day within existing curriculum (language arts, social studies, mathematics) work time.



Last Year's Program

In 2014, the middle school capstone curriculum was piloted at Oxford Preparatory Academy in Mission Viejo, CA. In total, the program involved: Two eighth grade instructors, 73 eighth grade students, 10 Saddleback College Business students, Four Saddleback College CTE Instructors, and two Oxford Preparatory Administrators. By day ten, these eighth graders produced thirteen solid business plans, and had become budding entrepreneurs!


Below is a letter of evaluation from the primary Eighth Grade Educator with whom we worked closely on executing this program. As you will read, she and her students were greatly pleased with the experience and its outcome.


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