The Virtual Enterprise International Business Globalization Academy, now is in its second year at East Islip High School, gave seniors the opportunity to create a company known as Mobile Revolution, and offers them the ability to run their own departments, which include Sales, Marketing, Accounting, Human Resources, Administration & Purchasing and Media & Graphics.
“The program allows the students to be in a number of the same classes,” says East Islip senior Anton Hagberg, a Swedish exchange student who decided to enroll when meeting with his host parents. “It provides them with the time to get to know each other and appreciate what they are doing in the classes, and offers us a tremendous amount of knowledge and the proper techniques that we must use to be successful in this program.”
Yu Zheng is the CEO of Mobile Revolution. “It is her job to work with the other departments to make sure all are on task,” explains Israel Malinowitzer, East Islip’s Director of Careers and Student Services and the prime mover behind the school's Career Academies. “She also needs to ensure the company is prepared for the business plan competition which will be held January 10 at Molloy College.” Mobile Revolution’s plan ideas must be submitted to the Virtual Enterprise judges by December 6. At the competition itself, students from each of the departments will be asked to represent the company and answer questions from judges from the Long Island and national corporate world. Mobile Revolution will need to provide a 20-page business plan, as well as PowerPoint and financial statement presentations.
A Virtual Enterprise event on October 4 was the first workshop of the school year held at East Islip High School, providing all of Long Island’s school districts that have a Virtual Enterprise program the chance to come together and listen to business experts Irv Wortman and Ellen Palazzo. One of the workshop’s programs provided students with the vital accounting and financial information needed to create business plans and statements. Another, hosted by Palazzo, allowed students from different districts a chance to hear about other Virtual Enterprise companies and how they operate, as well as providing useful information about the people they will doing business with throughout the year.
At the Career & Technical Education Conference at Hofstra University last month, East Islip administrators were asked to speak about the Career Academies. Program director Israel Malinowitzer, along with instructors Paul McHugh and John Reilly, modeled the academies and attested to their tremendous positive impact on both students and school districts. “We let them know what a positive impact the Career Academy program has had on our students,” Malinowitzer says. “Virtual Enterprise has kept them on task and given them an eye-opener as to how businesses are run and how much work it takes to be successful.”