Wylie High School students are learning how to run their own businesses

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - Running a business can be tough at any age, but imagine running a business as a high school student.  Wylie high school and Junior Achievement partnered together to create a class where students create their own company.

While some students are learning from textbooks and power points, a Wylie High School class is teaching students how to run their own business.

"That's how we all learn best is getting out and doing it," Wylie entrepreneurship class teacher, Reagan Berry said.

The class started a year ago.

"We all learn from our mistakes, we change things we don't like we improve things that we do like," Berry said.

Now Wylie is partnering with Junior Achievement's company program to make the class even better.

"JA has provided an atmosphere for them to get their hands dirty on a business side," Junior Achievement volunteer, Taylor Sturgis said.

"We really wanted this to be a real learning experience for them," Berry said.

With eight groups there were lots of different business pitches starting with a jewelry line.

"We take jewelry and we will record your voice and take that sound wave design and engrave it into the jewelry so you can have like any message you want," Wylie High School sophomore, Rachel White said.

Another business pitch was a consignment shop.

"We wanted to be different so we people garage sales very common thing here.  We could take advantage of that," Wylie High School junior, Tyler Spears said.

The students received a real loan.

"The lowest was 200 and the highest was 500," Berry said.

They faced real challenges.

"We were really successful in the beginning because we went to the bulldog market.  After that we kind of slowed down a little bit," White said.

They also made, or lost, real money.

"After taxes we have like 880 dollars in sales," Spears said.

In the end, after paying back the loan, the students are able to keep the profits.

"I mean splitting up profits, that's a real decision with real feelings and real emotions," Sturgis said.

The students are gaining more experience than most students will ever get before the age of 18.  Right now the students are in the process of liquidating their funds and next week will go over what they did well and what they could improve on. 


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