GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Grand Junction High School students are scoring above average in their business classes, and they're only in their second year.
They say their business program is the only one like it on the Western Slope, and they're getting college credit too.
"We bring the outside world into the classroom,” said business teacher at Grand Junction High School, Cindy Ficklin-Sharp.
Over 40 Grand Junction High School students are taking college-level classes.
"It can open up so many different doors,” said junior and 2nd-year business student at GJHS, Wyatt Raimer.
Earning college credit or starting their own business.
"Business is a huge part of the world and everywhere you go there's business,” said sophomore and 2nd-year business student at GJHS Erica Broderson.
Students take classes like accounting, economics, marketing and management during six semesters.
"I think for many students, teenagers in general, struggle to see the connection between what they are learning and the real world. Business makes that real,” said business teacher at GJHS, David Bennett.
Offering real-world lessons to help students figure out their career path.
"Everywhere you go there's business and so I decided that it would be beneficial for me even if I didn't decide to go into business to have a little bit of the insight,” said Broderson.
Providing internships with businesses in the community.
"Really, they want to learn the ins and outs of the business so it's not just working in the business but its learning how the business runs,” said Ficklin-Sharp.
"I know what this program would help me with any career path I end up choosing,” said Raimer.
Students meet every day for three years, starting as a freshman or sophomore, and must take a national business exam and pass in order to qualify for the credit.
Anyone interested in the program should attend their parent interest night on Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. in the GJHS Library.
Teachers will be visiting middle schools over the next few months, to inform students about the program for when they move onto high school.
If you are a business and are interested in offering internships opportunities to high school students call Cindy Ficklin-Sharp directly at 970-210-1161.