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A New Year for the Minchin Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

January 10, 2017 | by Kevin Kirchner

MCIE_ShortThe Minchin Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MCIE) is in full swing as the year begins. The start of the New Year and new semester marks the beginning of two core courses, as well as competition season for our business club, DECA.

Our Business and Entrepreneurship class launch its second year this January with twelve students. This course is a project-based curriculum where students work with real entrepreneurs and companies on real problems. These projects are a framework for the students to learn and practice the “4C skills” of creative problem solving, communication, collaboration and critical thinking.

Students will be conducting market research, customer interviews, and envisioning new business models as they also learn about leadership, design thinking, conflict resolution, and finance. The two start-up companies they will work with this semester are Tutor Me and Permiso. In each case the students will be helping the companies to refine their business model and product-market fit.

Many seniors will be taking our Personal Finance online course this semester as they prepare to leave home next year. Students will be learning about budgeting, debt and loans, credit cards, purchasing a car or home, retirement planning and investing. This course was developed and is taught by Mr. Benedetto, our Math Department Chair.

January also marks the beginning of competition season for Pacifica’s DECA chapter. DECA is an international student organization with an emphasis on finance, hospitality, marketing and management.

Our chapter will be traveling to Anaheim this weekend for the Southern California Career Development Conference. Students will be competing with other high schools on business role plays, business plan competitions, and exams. In March, our chapter will travel to Silicon Valley for the California State Conference.

In addition to courses and DECA, our Insights Speaker series is just getting underway. Insights is a lunch time forum for all students to hear from working professionals about their career and life.

We invite accomplished professionals to come share their insights on a variety of topics. Past speakers included Bethany Joy Clark of TOMS Shoes and Joan Payden, President and CEO of Payden & Rygel. Look for some great speakers this semester!