The students are gone, the Apple Valley site is nearly silent (wow, I can actually hear a clock ticking!), and we've successfully pulled off our first BizTech Academy. After the whirlwind craziness of the last few weeks, it's a letdown in a way. Granted, we have drafts of business plans to grade, along with a few short assignments, but for the most part, we've given the students their wings to build their entrepreneurial dreams.
Some students will be happy to get their first three college credits, some will continue on, tweaking their business plans for presentation and a scholarship competition October 20th, and yet others will meet with Small Business Development Center counselors along the way to refine elements of those plans. We'll be following up with them, and will continue to post on the blog as we have new information to share.
If you're curious as to how much a group of 25 teens can eat over a nine day period (as near as I can remember off the top of my head):
10 lbs oranges, 10 lbs red grapes, 10 lbs green grapes, 30 lbs bananas, 40 lbs apples, 16 gallons of juice, 18 gallons of milk, 27 large boxes of cereal, 4 loaves of bread, 28 bags of bagels along with bunch of plain/flavored cream cheese, 16 cases of water, 19 cases of pop, 220 bags of chips, 84 hot dogs, 72 brats, 48 burgers, 16 veggie burgers, 220 buns, 80 pieces of chicken, 2 gallons of pasta salads, 6 quarts of mashed potatoes and gravy, 48 biscuits, 20 lbs of salad mix (plus tons of side veggies—carrots, celery, tomatoes, etc), 7 bottles of dressing, 10 lbs assorted deli meats, 10 lbs mini chocolate candies, over 300 crunchy and chewy granola bars, batches of fresh-popped popcorn, a case of Skittles, over 100 fruit snacks, 72 assorted ice cream bars, lunch for 25 from Olive Garden and LaLoma Tamales, and various snacks we "picked up” along the way.
I'm happy to say that we got through BizTech without any major hitches—a huge testament to all the faculty and staff that contributed their time for the planning and execution of a first-ever college credit endeavor for DCTC. We're hoping to expand our offerings next summer, and have tentative plans to offer another course for credit. Stay tuned.