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The VEI program (only in its second year at Timothy Christian) is taking the VEI world by storm.  Starting with a 1st place win in Impact Marketing and Honorable Mention in Human Resources, Marketing, and Salesmanship Competition at the Southern Region Tradeshow in November to now a 3rd place finish at the IL VEI Business Plan Competition on Friday, December 8.

For the Business Plan Competition, the VE students prepared a business plan and submitted it for review.  This represented 50% of the final score for Friday.  Friday was the Oral Competition portion which represented the other 50%.  In the morning, students presented their business plan to a panel of judges, judges asked questions, and then evaluated the team.  The top 6 teams advanced to the final round in the afternoon.  In the afternoon, the top 6 teams present again, are asked more questions, and then evaluated by the judges.  When the presentations were completed and the scores were all tallied, Timothy Christian High School’s Firm, Core, placed 3rd.

VEI is a student-directed program in which they run a virtual business in the classroom. This is an international program and there are over 3000 firms around the world similar to the one that can be found at Timothy Christian High School.  The course is not run like a classroom; it is run like a workplace where the students are in various departments and there are chief officers.  Students are responsible for making daily business decisions and running the business for one fiscal year starting with the business and ending with an annual report.  What you see happening each day in a business is what is happening in the VEI classroom day in and day out.

Throughout the year, students have an opportunity to compete in different competitions and attend tradeshows where they have to set-up a booth and sell their products.  The course takes what they have been learning in the classroom and applies it to a real-world situation.  Though there is core content that students are learning, the secondary curriculum (and one the instructor believes most important) is the development of leadership, conflict resolution, problem-solving, speaking skills and much more.

If you are interested in seeing the VEI firm in action, they would love for you to come by for a visit.  Contact Mrs. Kendra Lee (lee@timothychristian.com) to set-up an appointment.  To learn more about the VEI program visit www.veinternational.org

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