There are so many career paths students can follow after graduation — it would be downright impossible to expose them to all the opportunities that exist. So a relatively new club at St. Joseph Parish School is giving the sixth through eighth-grade students the opportunity to explore life as an entrepreneur.
Boss Club, currently in its second year, is being offered as a beginning course for sixth-grade students, and there’s an advanced course for seventh and eighth-graders.
“The advanced course is for those students that want to further explore entrepreneurship and the businesses or business ideas they created in the first session last school year,” says Amy Makruski, Principal.
It’s important that students have opportunities that will give them an edge as they enter high school and college.
“This program provides some real-world education for students at a young age to expose them to and prepare them for the world they will enter,” Mrs. Makruski says.
St. Joseph Parish School is a STEM-designated school. Teachers and staff work to engage students in many ways so each student can learn in their own way. The Boss Club is another way to teach concepts that will stay with them in the future.
“The goal of Boss Club is to engage students in critical and creative thinking, in regard to a business model,” Mrs. Makruski says. “It helps students design, launch, and run a small business while incorporating Christian values like philanthropy and ethical considerations.”
Mrs. Makruski knows that teaching students entrepreneurship will prepare them well for the future.
“This program helps give them the soft skills that are desired by employers of today and the future — creativity, confidence, grit, and being a good self-starter and self-manager.”
This program is rooted in Christian values, which is vital at St. Joseph Parish School. There are even Scripture sections with reflections and discussion throughout the courses.
“The courses are centered on being a disciple of Christ and using the talents you possess to serve others,” Mrs. Makruski says.
The Boss Club also allows students to form new and deeper relationships. A student may be working on a business or product that aligns with the work of other students whom they may not know as well. They also have the opportunity to get to know the instructor.
“Collaboration and cooperation are essential to the course,” Mrs. Makruski says. “Relationships are also formed through consulting experts from real-world companies and businesses. The instructor can help to facilitate connections between the students and community partners. This authentic experience and relationship further shapes the quality and depth of this curriculum.”
Learn more about St. Joseph Parish School at sjsamherst.org.